According to authorities, the suspects committed the drug offenses at a 99-cent store located at 303 Clinton Avenue in the South Ward of Newark, New Jersey.
After getting a tip about possible drug activity in the neighborhood, members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics went to the area to investigate. The officers were assisted by Irvington police.
Authorities conducted surveillance at the store and reportedly observed the three suspects, who all live in Newark, rotate in shifts outside the store. A woman eventually approached one of the suspects and allegedly engaged in a drug deal. One of the suspects allegedly handed her a small package in exchange for cash.
When police officers moved toward the suspects, one of the suspects reportedly ran inside the store and attempted to discard the evidence of drugs by flushing them down the toilet.
Once police were able to enter the building, they reportedly found 27 bags of marijuana, as well as materials used to package and process drugs. Additionally, police reportedly found five envelopes of heroin being held by one of the suspects.
After being arrested and processed, the suspects were taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “3 Charged with Dealing Drugs Out of Newark Discount Store.”