Prosecutor: 4 Ridgewood, Glen Rock Residents Arrested in '2014 Heroin Initiative' Sweep

Multi-jurisdictional task force announced 325 heroin-related arrests in and around North Jersey.

One Glen Rock and three Ridgewood residents were among the 325 people arrested in an undercover drug sweep that targeted drug sales in Paterson between April 7 and May 30, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Molinelli joined Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes to announce the arrest results of the “2014 Heroin Initiative.”

According to the Prosecutor's Office, those arrested include:

  • Philip Sosebee, 21, of Ridgewood, on heroin and drug paraphernalia possession charges
  • Ryan Cooper, 28, of Ridgewood, on heroin possession charges
  • Patrick Mooney, 21, of Ridgewood, on heroin possession charges
  • Ethan Lis, 20, of Glen Rock, on heroin and drug paraphernalia possession charges

The eight-week task force combined law enforcement officers from Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Morris Counties to “combat the heroin epidemic affecting our counties,” Knapp said in a release. According to the release, the heroin sold in Paterson is the “most pure and potent” in the US.

According to Molinelli, 11,794 bags of street­packaged heroin, 1,200 grams of raw heroin, 32 guns, and about $25,000 in cash were seized by the multi-jurisdictional task force.

"Task force officers also dismantled two heroin 'mills' where heroin was being packaged and stamped for sale on the streets of Paterson," Molinelli said.

To see a full list of those arrested, click here

jp1 June 05, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Once arrested it becomes public, besides these people are adults.
barbara June 05, 2014 at 01:51 PM
You're only as healthy as your secrets. Truth defeats addiction.
Ron Knox June 06, 2014 at 08:10 AM
more ne'er–do–wells roaming the streets of Bergen county .....
Mikka H June 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Very good Paul ......right on the mark.
Ridgewood Mom June 18, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Using heroin is like having a beer? Really??! // I have never understood the logic behind the argument that says we should "legalize" and "tax" substances like heroin. Such arguments have always struck me as akin to saying "let's just leave addicts in the terrible way that they can't help themselves with, and find a way that the rest of us can profit from it all." The whole point of describing a behavior as an addiction is to say that someone can't exercise free choice or make a personally responsible decision about it. Yes, we need to help users. And part of that means that we need to actively stop them from using. We need laws.


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