Essex County NJ authorities recently arrested three Newark men accused of running an illicit drug business out of a deli.
According to law enforcement, the three suspects sold drugs at a deli in Newark, NJ.
Police began an investigation into the suspects after getting a tip about drug trafficking at the Fairmount Deli on 16th Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. An Essex County Sheriff’s Office task force investigated the allegations and eventually obtained a search warrant for the business. The task force included detectives from several agencies, including the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the Newark Police Department, the Irvington Police Department, and the Bloomfield Police Department.
When law enforcement searched the Newark deli, they allegedly discovered large amounts of heroin and marijuana. Detectives allegedly found 138 glassine envelopes of heroin, 18 plastic bags of marijuana, and another 146 grams of marijuana. The drugs were reportedly hidden throughout the deli.
The suspects who arrested include the deli manager and his two cousins.
The suspects face criminal charges for marijuana distribution and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspects were transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. They were being held at the jail in lieu of bail amounts that ranged from $50,000 to $75,000.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “3 Men Were Running Drug Biz Out of Newark Deli, Authorities Say.”