According to authorities, the 27-year-old suspect was observed by detectives with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Bureau. The detectives were in the process of conducting surveillance in the city’s South Ward when they reportedly spotted the suspect walking down Foster Street.
Police said that the suspect was carrying a black plastic bag in one hand; he reportedly had several envelopes of heroin in his other hand. Police also reportedly watched the suspect as he stuffed the heroin envelopes into the bag.
When the detectives walked toward the suspect, he allegedly ran away and tried to flee the scene on foot. However, the suspect did not get very far; after running onto Dayton Street, he was cornered by police in an alleyway.
The suspect was placed under arrest by the detectives. Police subsequently seized the bag and allegedly found 220 glassine envelopes of heroin inside the bag. According to law enforcement, the envelopes had been stamped with a red label reading “730 VIRUS.”
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark, NJ. He is being held at the correctional facility on a $100,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Caught Carrying 220 Bags of Heroin Down Newark Street, Sheriff Says.”