A Paterson police dog had a busy 10-day stretch, where he assisted officers in discovering illegal guns and narcotics.
Simpson, the Paterson police K-9, helped police recover three guns and nearly 700 glassine envelopes of heroin since June 18 with his handler, Officer Vidal, Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said in a statement.
On June 18, Simpson was called in to investigate two separate incidents on the 100 block of Governor Street, the statement said. At about 8 a.m., Simpson alerted police to illegal drugs that were inside of a backyard grill and after a search, police found 119 glassine envelopes of heroin and a handgun loaded with three rounds, the statement said.
About four hours later, Simpson found 313 glassine envelopes of heroin and 72 vials of crack cocaine in a backyard on Governor Street.
On June 26, Simpson found heroin and more than 20 vials of crack cocaine hidden in a tree branch on the 600 block of East 28th Street, the statement said. Less than an hour later on Carroll Street, the K-9 was called in to assist with an odor of illegal narcotics coming from an open garage. There were no drugs found, but a revolver loaded with three rounds was found on top of a pile of wood, the statement said.
Paterson crime:Police investigating shooting in Paterson’s 4th Ward
Two days later, Simpson helped find 241 glassine envelopes of heroin after an odor was coming from underneath vinyl siding on the 100 block of Carroll Street, the statement said. Shortly after, the K-9 found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun on Governor Street, the statement said.
The statement did not release information on any charges.
Anthony Zurita is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all the major news happening in North Jersey, subscribe here. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.