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$5M In Heroin, Cocaine Called Largest Seizure In Paterson History

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale
Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale Photo Credit: Facebook photo

PATERSON, N.J. -- Authorities in Paterson seized more than $5 million worth of heroin and cocaine -- which they touted as the largest drug haul in city history -- in an industrial area warehouse early Friday.

City and Passaic County investigators teamed up with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents and their counterparts in Yonkers teamed up to arrest four men and collect the drugs during a raid in the city's northeast section, Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said.

Speziale said "a record seizure hitting the supply of drugs destined for our city streets" occurred after an investigation that centered on Second Avenue near East 24th Street. “Those responsible should be held to the highest standard of the law for putting their poison on our streets.”

Altogether, the strike force seized 44 pounds of cocaine and nearly 40 pounds of heroin, he said.

Arrested were: Miguel Tovar, 32, Euclides Moya, 41, Aneudy Mena, 31, and Doni Polino, 33.

All were taken into federal custody.

Authorities said the principals stored the drugs in a tractor-trailer and two vehicles for shipment to processing mills.

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