(PATERSON, N.J.) — It goes by the names “Miami Heat,” “Grand Crew,” “Frank Lucas,” and “Victoria’s Secret.”
Yet there is nothing sexy about this street killer. It’s a mass murderer in the eyes of some, and according to Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, it is responsible for 28 deaths in Bergen County in 2012.
The killer is heroin.
On Thursday, the Bergen County prosecutor announced the arrests of 25 heroin dealers, all corralled over the past two months. The operation, which also involved members of The Bloods, operated primarily on the streets of Paterson but also included Camden and Trenton.
Additionally, in a bold move, prosecutors highlighted 89 alleged users that were arrested for possession. A majority of them were between the ages of 18 and 28. It is the first time that the county has highlighted so many alleged users.
The cases were also unique in that parents were called to come and pick up some of the offenders in an effort to address a drug dependency issue.
The total haul? A little over a kilo, at 2.5 pounds.
“It’s not a lot,” said Molinelli, who quickly added, “It’s very easily concealed. It’s very easily moved, very easily packaged, very easily sold.”
So what does 2.5 pounds of heroin equate to?
“It’s 50,000 packets, 50,000 purchases, 50,000 sales,” according to Molinelli.
About $500,000 was sold in Paterson ,where cash is king on the streets.
One officer told PIX 11 News that it is not uncommon to see cars from out of state in the hot areas for dealers. Recently a “kid” from Pennsylvania was nabbed because the quality of the product was unlike anything back home.
The trade has also created much violence once the sun goes down.
“I know a lot of people who don’t even go outside because of that,” said Genesis Diaz.
The mother of a 7-month-old embraces the arrests, hoping there will soon be a day where she will be able to take her daughter to a local park.
That’s a day that for many can’t come soon enough.