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Bergen drug sweep gets 20 in their 20s, a bit younger, a couple much older

Photo Credit: Bergen Prosecutor

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Taariq Huggins showed tremendous promise playing football and baseball for Emerson High School barely five years ago. On Thursday, he was one of 20 people – many of them, like Huggins, in their early 20s, who were taken into custody in a sweep across North Jersey following a year’s worth of undercover buys by detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.

Taariq Huggins, Daniel Robinson
MUGSHOTS: Bergen Prosecutor

The two exceptions were a 43-year-old New Milford man charged with peddling cocaine and a 45-year-old Paterson man accused of selling heroin.

Now 22, Huggins was busted along with a fellow Teaneck resident, Daniel Robinson, on charges of selling pot to undercover detectives.

Thursday’s operation included police from 16 Bergen municipalities from the county, as well as the state and county police, U.S. Immigration and Customs and police from towns in Hudson and Passaic. The area stretched across Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Morris, Middlesex and Union counties.

In addition to the arrests, authorities seized an additional two pounds of marijuana,  some cocaine, dozens of prescription drugs and $3,200 in cash.

A series of first appearances are set for Monday afternoon in Central Municipal Court in Hackensack. Some have made bail, others were being held and one already was in custody on another charge at the Passaic County Jail.

Those arrested include:

TAARIQ A. HUGGINS-PERDOMO, 22, Teaneck: Distribution of Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Distribution of Marijuana within 500 feet of a Public Park Zone.

DANIEL A. ROBINSON, III, 22, Teaneck: Distribution of Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Distribution of Marijuana within 500 feet of a Public Park Zone, Possession of Marijuana.

MARIO JIMINEZ, 43, New Milford: Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute.

SOFIA TORRES, 26, East Rutherford. Distribution of Cocaine.

PAUL E. SANCHEZ, 21, Ridgefield. Distribution of Crack/Cocaine, Distribution of Crack/Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School Zone.

OMAR T. SADEK, 18, Ridgewood: Distribution of Marijuana.

MICHAEL E. QUEZADA, 23, Hackensack: Distribution of Marijuana.

WILTON COHEN, 33, Hackensack: Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Distribution of Cocaine within 500 feet of a Public Housing Development.

MICHAEL GALE, 25, South Hackensack: Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Distribution of Cocaine within 500 feet of a Park Zone.

NICHOLAS GOUVANIS, 20, River Edge: Distribution of Roxicodone.

JOSTIN L. BLANCO, 23, Garfield: Distribution of Marijuana.

MICHELLE PAGAN, 20, Garfield: Distribution of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Percocet and Oxycodone.

SEAN J. CONNOLLY, 22, North Broadway: Distribution of Marijuana.

TANISHA RODRIGUEZ, 21, West New York: Distribution of Marijuana.

WALKER MEDINA, 33, Passaic: Distribution of Cocaine.

PHILLIP M. JORGE, 22, Prospect Park: Distribution of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute.

BRUCE MORRIS, 45, Paterson: Distribution of Heroin.

SHARON GUERRERO, 23, Paterson: Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School Zone, Distribution of Cocaine within 500 feet of a Public Housing Development.

LESTER A. ZAVALA, 19, Totowa:  Distribution of Marijuana.

HENRY J. ZIMMERMAN, 19, Fairfield: Distribution of Marijuana.

Participating agencies:

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
Bergen County Police Department,
City of Englewood Police Department,
City of Hackensack Police Department,
Teaneck Police Department,
New Milford Police Department,
South Hackensack Police Department,
Rutherford Police Department,
East Rutherford Police Department,
Mahwah Police Department,
Wood-Ridge Police Department,
Bergenfield Police Department,
Garfield Police Department,
Ridgefield Police Department,
River Edge Police Department,
Ridgewood Police Department,
Passaic Police Department,
City of Paterson Police Department,
Totowa Police Department,
Prospect Park Police Department,
Fairfield Police Department,
West New York Police Department,
North Bergen Police Department,
and Carteret Police Department.




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