Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Mario Ardizzone, 44, of Garfield after an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to officials, during a narcotics investigation conducted by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's, Ardizzone was identified as a distributor of narcotics.
Police report that on Wednesday, October 21, members of the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team executed a court-authorized search warrant on Ardizzone's Garfield residence. During the execution of the search warrant, Ardizzone pointed a firearm at a member of the SWAT team.
Ardizzone was disarmed and arrested, and the weapon was determined to be a .45 caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition.
Quantities of marijuana and paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics were also found in the residence.
According to police, Ardizzone was arrested and charged with one count of Possession Of A Firearm While In Possession Of CDS With Intent To Distribute, Possession Of A Firearm For An Unlawful Purpose, Aggravated Assault On A Law Enforcement Officer, Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana and one count of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.
Ardizzone was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.