Authorities Take Down Major Paterson Drug Distribution Network

TOTOWA, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The streets of Paterson have become notorious as the place to go for upscale northern New Jersey suburbanites to buy drugs, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports.

In early morning raids Thursday, authorities took down a major drug dealing syndicate in the gang-infested Rosa Parks section of the city.  

New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow says a yearlong investigation into gang activity in Paterson has resulted in more than 170 arrests.

“It’s another blow to criminal gangs and drug dealers unfortunately making inroads into our cities,” Dow said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Cops Say The Arrests Will Have A Huge Impact On Paterson’s Drug Trade 

Officials said the suspects included buyers, street peddlers and a trio of alleged ring leaders.

Police also seized a dozen weapons and more than 4,000 bags of heroin, crack, marijuana and other drugs.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With The Passaic County Prosecutor

Prosecutors worked with the New Jersey State Police, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement to target the activities of a set of the Bloods street gang called the Fruit Town Brims.

State Police Major Matt Wilson said the gang is responsible for Paterson’s rise in violence, shootings and murders.

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  • MarknDC

    If 50k in drug seized is a major bust in patterson, I hate to see what the local economy is like. 50k is a shopping spree for a leutinent in a real drug ring. These local authorities, should not hype this drug bust to be more than what it is. It’s only trying to influence the jury’s of the trials of those accused.

  • dcelliot second

    hurray ! hurray ! I guess that means it is now impossible to buy drugs in Paterson ! woo hoo ! and there isn’t a line out the door with thugs taking their place already, whoopdee doo !
    what a complete waste of money, legalize it already, prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, it doesn’t work for drugs. this is just a way to keep the jails full, the co’s, attorneys, judges, and the other sapsuckers employed.

  • johnnykillroy

    @ richard allen…. Are you serious? White people don’t kill white people? Oh yeah, they just rape and kill the little babies, boys and girls…. They just become serial killers and kill the whole town… they just take guns to school and kill the whole school… they just come to the black community, like the 4th ward, and buy their drugs, go to the suburbs, get high and kill everybody……..

    • S. Morgan

      Thank you so much for addressing this clown!!!!!!

  • nyc

    170 arrests ? So, now 170 people will be back on the street in a short time ,with felony records ( if they didn’t already have ) and start up again ! This increase in crime with sooo many Illegal guns on the streets and sooo many Illegals will just keep going on and on and on ! Sad.

    • johnnykillroy

      Sounds like a well design plan to me….”I’mJustSaying”

  • Clifford E. Pennyweather, III

    woo hoo !!! we finally won the war on drugs! paterson is now safe for a white bread honkey like me !!!!

  • richard Allen

    Today those people have a Choice to be Nigggggers or black……….and sadly they choose to be nigggggers

    This was NOT the change Rosa Parks was looking for.

    • saint


    • SAINT

      i guess you forgot about the columbia university drug bust! what race were they? OOPS!

      • richard Allen

        Yeah But they DIDN’T KILL ANYONE….white boys don’t KILL each other..

  • kendra

    this drug game is bigger then anybody can imagine so sstop thinking like we are finally getting the upper hand in this drug game cause its not true whats so ever.

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