PATERSON — A drug raid in a normally quiet part of the city resulted in the seizure on Wednesday of 3,491 packets of heroin, 7 pounds of raw marijuana, 34 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded handgun, police said.
Authorities put the total value of the drugs at more than $25,000.
The primary suspect, Joseph E. Tinsley Jr., 31, was charged with about 20 drug and gun crimes, according to a press release issued by Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale. Court records show that Tinsley previously was convicted of drug dealing in 2016 and 2012.
The investigation was prompted by numerous resident complaints about narcotics activity at Tinsley’s home on East 13th Street, near Fifth Avenue, Speziale said. Detectives conducting surveillance allegedly saw Tinsley repeatedly making hand-to-hand drug deals, the director said.
After one apparent transaction at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the detectives arrested the suspected buyer, Brett Petersen, 36, of New Rochelle, New York, after he left the scene, Speziale said. Petersen was charged with possession of 370 heroin packets and intent to distribute the drugs, police said.
An hour later, Tinsley allegedly made a second sale of small amounts of heroin and crack to Eustice McGuire, 54, of Paterson, police said.
Detectives found the massive supply of drugs during a subsequent raid of Tinsley’s home, authorities said. Also arrested and charged with numerous crimes was 30-year-old Tasheema Wells, who lived with Tinsley in the same apartment, police said.
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