PATERSON, N.J. -- A loaded handgun that was reported stolen and a rifle fitted with a high-capacity magazine were seized -- along with 70 envelopes of heroin and nearly two ounces of crack -- by Passaic County sheriff's officers who arrested four men.
Narcotics detectives watched as Shawn Bethea, 45, completed a drug deal Monday night in front of 88-90 North 4th Street before moving in, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.
They pulled over and arrested Jose Rodriguez-Marquez, 55, of Paterson a short distance away after Bethea sold him two heroin folds, Berdnik said.
They then grabbed Bethea as 34-year-old Earl Johnson of Paterson fled, the sheriff said.
Johnson later returned to his room at the house and was arrested, Berdnik said.
A search of the room turned up a loaded .357 Ruger revolver reported stolen out of Pennsylvania, along with the heroin, crack and nearly $300 in drug proceeds, the sheriff said.
Also arrested was Kenneth Adams, 31, who had a 9mm Hi-Point rifle, equipped with a high-capacity magazine loaded with 13 rounds, in the room where he was staying, Berdnik said.
Rodriguez-Marquez was released pending a hearing on drug charges.
Sent to the Passaic County Jail were Bethea, who was charged with heroin-related offenses, along with Johnson, on drug and weapons counts, and Adams, on weapons charges.