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Hundreds Arrested In Massive New Jersey Heroin Bust

  1. ZenobiaSky
    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have been arrested in a massive heroin sweep in northern New Jersey that involved law enforcement agents from a dozen municipalities and four counties.

    Prosecutors on Tuesday said 325 people — including more than 280 alleged users and 40 dealers — were snared during the eight-week operation that targeted Paterson-based drug operations. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency says Paterson supplies more pure heroin than anywhere else in the country.

    Authorities said members of more than 50 law enforcement agencies in Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Sussex counties seized approximately 1,200 grams of raw heroin — enough to sell about 60,000 bags on the street — and another 12,000 bags from users. The heroin has an estimated street value of $350,000, although law enforcement officials said that estimate may be low.

    Authorities also seized more than 30 guns and over $25,000 during the operation, which involved undercover agents and surveillance.

    Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released a list of all those arrested. It showed that more than 20 of the users arrested were in possession of crack-cocaine in addition to heroin.

    Molinelli said some of those arrested were offered rehabilitation options as part of what he called a "holistic" approach to combating the growing heroin epidemic through a combination of enforcement, rehabilitation, and education.

    JUN. 4, 2014, 12:30 PM
    Business Insider

    The Newhawks Crew


  1. justhowsherolls
    I'd be curious to hear from DF'ers in that region, what the immediate and long term effectiveness there is from this bust. Is there an immediate ding and upset of the supply and demand? Will heroin use rates go down exponentially? Will a lot of people be hospitalized from withdrawals? Will suicide rates go up?

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?
  2. Basoodler
    What is the point in arresting 280 users? How much of a difference will come from that vs the cost of processing, tying up the courts and all of the other administrative costs ect. Hell, I'm sure it won't end with one court date because several won't go to court. So you have warrants issued to bring people to court who can't pay the fines.. A good percentage will high again as soon as they leave the police station.
  3. mc9391
    heroin will most likely still be around. It might die down in the area but people will still find it elsewhere and within time others will show up and the cycle begins all over again. waste of time and resources tbh.
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