According to law enforcement, local Bloomfield police got several complaints about drug transactions outside a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Bloomfield, NJ. Multiple police agencies, including the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the Bloomfield Police Department, then formed a task force to look into the alleged drug sales.
Members of the task force were dispatched to the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street, where they reportedly saw a 26-year-old man exit a 2015 Toyota Camry and enter the Wendy’s.
The suspect, who lives in Irvington NJ, sat down at a table near a window and reportedly took out a black plastic bag.
When police officers approached the suspect, he reportedly threw the bag to the ground. According to officials, roughly 600 glassine envelopes of heroin could be seen inside the plastic bag.
Police searched the suspect and reportedly found Xanax and Suboxone tablets on his person.
Police later conducted a search of the suspect’s vehicle, which was located in the Wendy’s parking lot. The police officers discovered two men sitting inside the car.
The suspects, who both live in Newark NJ, appeared to be trying to conceal items. A subsequent search of the suspects allegedly led police to find a loaded .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, heroin, crack cocaine, Oxycodone, and various prescription pills.
Authorities said that the estimated street value of the seized drugs exceeds $10,000.
The three suspects were charged with several drug offenses, including distribution of heroin, cocaine possession, and prescription drug possession. Additionally, the suspect who allegedly possessed the handgun was charged with illegal possession of a weapon.
After being placed under arrest and charged, all three suspects were transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. The suspects were being held at the jail on bail amounts ranging from $150,000 to $250,000.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Gang Member, 2 Others Caught with Gun, $10K in Drugs at Bloomfield Wendy’s, Cops Say.”