Three Men Arrested in 5th Ward Drug Bust
Friday, September 21, 2012 • 2:10pm
PATERSON, NJ - Using a police scanner to keep track of the authorities might sound like a smart business strategy for someone selling illegal drugs. But having a scanner didn't help much for a couple of alleged dealers who were busted on Thursday.
City narcotics detectives arrested three men and charged them with dealing drugs near School 13. The arrests took place at 1:37 pm at 713 E. 24th Street, where two of the suspects lived, according to Capt. Troy Oswald, head of the narcotics unit.
Angel Morales-Rivera, 37, and Willie Figueroa, 28, lived in the building where the arrests took place, Oswald said. They were charged with possession, intent to distribute and intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of School 13 for 10.6 grams of crack, 11 baggies of cocaine and one bag of marijuana. They were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a police scanner.
Also arrested was 31-year-old Robert Nichols of E. 23rd Street, who police said had dropped off the crack to the other two suspects. Nichols was charged with sale of the 10.6 grams of crack and sale of the crack within the school zone, Oswald said.
Police said they also found 72 Ecstasy pills and 94 grams of marijuana on Nichols. For those drugs, he was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within the school zone, police said.