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New Jersey Cops: 6 Arrested, 2 Heroin Mills Dismantled

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PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Six men are facing drug and weapons charges after authorities dismantled a pair of heroin mills in Passaic County, state police said.

The arrests came during two traffic stops and the search of two homes in Paterson last weekend.

Two Paterson residents — Juan Perez Guerrero, 22, and his passenger, Alexander Padro, 23 — were arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Saddle Brook Township. Troopers allegedly found materials consistent with packaging and selling heroin.

In a separate stop on the same highway in Hackensack, authorities say Manuel Perez-Guerrero, 29, of Paterson, and his passenger, Lakey Guerra-Pujols of Oakfield, N.Y., had heroin and hollow point bullets in a hidden compartment.

More drugs and weapons were found during searches of the two homes, where two more Paterson men were arrested.

Authorities seized more than $116,000 worth of drugs in the busts, The Bergen County Record reported.

“The success of this operation prevented the distribution of a large quantity of heroin, and removed guns from the hands of criminals,” Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said in a news release.

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