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Seven Wayne 20-Somethings Arrested on Drug Charges, Report Says

Alleged leader of a Paterson-based drug ring was arrested last week, authorities said.

Seven Wayne residents in their early 20s were arrested in connection with a Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office investigation into a Paterson-based drug ring, NorthJersey.com reported.

Earlier this week, the Prosecutor’s Office announced Fidel Gonzalez, 31, of Paterson was arrested and charged with being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network during a six-month investigation beginning in November of last year, authorities said.

According to NorthJersey.com, authorities said “numerous” Wayne residents traveled from the township to Paterson to buy Oxycodone pills from the drug ring.

Tyler Galione, 22, Mark Tucker, 21, Timothy Lindstrom, 23, Robert Elk, 22, Keir Bowers, 23, Andrew Alain, 21, and Steven Cerqueira, 22, all of Wayne, were arrested Thursday on charges of drug possession, the report said. Though all were released Thursday, the charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the report said.

Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano told the paper prescription drugs have been an increasing issue in the township for the past year.

The Passaic County investigation resulted initially in the arrest of 12 people accused of running the drug ring, authorities said.

bfree March 23, 2014 at 08:13 PM
From Kristee...."I think our police dept is more than capable and staffed to do this on their own." Actually, I think WPD is grossly overstaffed and overcompensated for what they do--all at taxpayer expense. And, please don't give me the "pity-pot" comment about how dangerous their job is. Many, many jobs are very dangerous and every job has injuries. But, for the pay these guys are paid, they are overpaid for their risks.
Jack Q March 24, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Pad, several years ago the town wanted to do exactly what you said after a heroin OD. Parents went ballistic regarding their kids' rights. I agree with you completely. Kids know who's doing what and where, what bathrooms to avoid...
Mark March 24, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't there a program in place in which parents can grant the school permission to do random drug testing on their children? I am guessing 10 parents signed up for the program.
Jack Q March 24, 2014 at 09:59 AM
There is a voluntary program in the high schools for sure.
raised in wayne March 24, 2014 at 04:55 PM
When my kids were in high school (last one graduated a couple years ago), I believe both the student and parent had to sign for random testing. I would have certainly agreed to random testing and drug sniffing dogs for all!

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