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Alleged Cocaine Dealer Nabbed at Home Near School

Sheriff's Office finds $14,000 worth of cocaine in man's home on Towsen Road.

A Wayne man living near Anthony Wayne Middle School was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute after the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at the man’s home recently.

Josue Ramirez, 31, was charged after detectives from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics searched Ramirez’s Towsen Road home, the sheriff’s office said in a press release issued Sunday afternoon.

A month-long investigation began after authorities received information regarding cocaine distribution from within the home, the release said.

Authorities seized 2.6 ounces of cocaine and drug paraphernalia from Ramirez’s home, authorities said. The cocaine had a street value of $14,000.

Ramirez was charged with third- and second-degree possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession, and second-degree distribution of cocaine.

Bill Maer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said Ramirez posted $25,000 bail on Sunday.

“The Sheriff’s Office will aggressively investigate and arrest individuals involved in narcotics distribution,” Sheriff Richard Berdnik said in the release. “This arrest shows the unfortunate reality that drugs are prevalent throughout both urban and suburban parts of Passaic County. This arrest was made because of the hardworking and dedication of the hard work and dedication of the various members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Bureau involved in this investigation.”

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Len Weiss January 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Props to the Sherrif's Dept! Good job!!
unrealthistown January 14, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Don't know why the Passaic County Sheriff's department handled this arrest.......NOT THERE JOB! This is Township Of Wayne Police Departments Job
unrealthistown January 14, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Don't know why the citizens of Wayne have to pick up the tab on Health,retirement and huge hidden cost packages on three agencies when Wayne Police have more then enough officers to handle the task.... Wayne needs an honest Mayor to correct this issue but I guess when that happens hell will freeze over and the middle class citizens of Wayne will be taxed out.
KrisTee January 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Good job by the Sheriff's department, its about time they start taking care of Wayne's drug problem. Its been too long they have overlooked the town that pays the most in County taxes.
unrealthistown January 15, 2013 at 03:54 AM
A month long investigation that can of well been taken care of Wayne BON DIVISION. No reason what so ever the sheriffs department had to do it besides wanting to make them selves seem important. Wayne has more then enough officers on the job to handle a small time low life, Now we are going to foot the bill to Put this idiot through the justice system,Defend, incarcerate and then house this idiot..... Wayne residents have more then enough on there plate to support all these agencies, Are taxes will never stop going up..................
KrisTee January 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I just realized its an election year for the sheriff. Now this makes sense why they didn't include WPD.
Elizabeth Taylor January 18, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Of course he posted the $25,000 bail. Every citizen has that laying around. That must have been from his drug money.
Chris Olsen February 07, 2013 at 08:15 PM
If a man, with non violent methods, willingly sells a substance to a consentual user, does this still make him a low life?


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