Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of Mr. Merciful Parks 24, and Mr. Jeffrey H. Rincon, 29, both of Paterson, on narcotics-related charges.
According to authorities, during October 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Merciful Parks was involved in the distribution of heroin throughout Bergen County.
Authorities said, as a result of this information, a narcotics investigation was initiated.
During October and November 2017, a detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, acting in an undercover capacity, allegedly purchased several bricks of heroin from Parks on two separate occasions authorities said.
Police said an undercover detective made arrangements to purchase thirty bricks of heroin from Parks when they agreed to meet at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus.
After the drug transaction, police said they arrested Parks and Rincon without incident and found them in possession of thirty bricks (fifteen hundred individual bags) of heroin in the parking lot at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus.
Police said they found Parks in possession of a small quantity of marijuana in his pocket.
The approximate street value of the heroin seized on this date is $10,000.00 police said.
Police charged Merciful Parks with one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin, two counts of Distribution of a Heroin, and one count of Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams.
Police charged Rincon with one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin.
After his arrest, it was revealed that Rincon had an outstanding arrest warrant for an unrelated offense police said.
Prosecutor Grewal states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Paramus Police Department, the Dumont Police Department, the Tenafly Police Department, the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency for their assistance in this investigation.