Paterson Men Accused of Attempting to Sell Heroin at Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey
Police Arrest Two Men Who Allegedly Sold Heroin in Bergen County, NJ
Undercover officers with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) concluded a sting operation and placed two men under arrest for allegedly attempting to sell heroin at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey. The suspects, 24-year-old Merciful Parks and 28-year-old Jeffrey H. Rincon, reportedly tried to sell a large amount of heroin to an undercover detective. Police launched an investigation after getting information that Parks was selling heroin in Bergen County, NJ. A detective with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office allegedly bought several bricks of heroin from Parks in October and November and then set up a meeting at the Garden State Plaza Mall.
According to authorities, Parks arrived at the meeting with at least 30 bricks of heroin (1,500 bags) that he planned to sell to the undercover cop. Before Parks could complete the illegal drug deal occurred, however, police placed him under arrest in the mall parking lot. Rincon was found in the same vehicle as Parks and was also arrested by police. In addition to making the arrests, law enforcement also reportedly seized heroin with a total value of approximately $10K.
Paterson, NJ Men Charged with Drug Distribution
Both Parks and Rincon reside in Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey. They face criminal charges for drug distribution offenses in Bergen County. If the case eventually reaches the trial stage, Parks and Rincon might have to answer the charges in front of a jury in Bergen County Superior Court.
Parks was charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession with the intent to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin. Additionally, Parks was charged with simple possession of marijuana because police allegedly found him with less than 50 grams of pot at the time of his arrest. While the marijuana possession charge is considered a disorderly persons offense and does not carry significant penalties, the heroin distribution charges are felonies that carry prison time.
Rincon was also charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, meaning that he is subject to prison time. Depending on how Bergen County prosecutors opt to proceed with the case, it’s possible that one of the suspects could be offered a plea deal in exchange for testifying at trial against the other suspect.
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