Earlier this week, news outlet NJ.com reported on the arraignment of three men charged with running an illicit drug ring out of their Newark deli.
The ring included a full range of narcotics from marijuana to heroin, amounting to some hefty charges.
According to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, investigators executed a search warrant at the Fairmount Deli on Monday morning. Detectives on the scene discovered:
18 plastic bags containing marijuana
138 glassine envelopes of heroin
An additional 146-gram stash of marijuana hidden in above ceiling tiles
Authorities provided no comment on the quality of Fairmount Deli’s hot pastrami sandwich during the search.
NJ.com reported that the alleged perpetrators, Deli Manager Kevin Garnes and his two cousins Kevin and Hakir Green, were arrested on drug charges after the bust. Officials said bail has been set pretty high – $75,000 for Garnes and $50,000 each for his younger cousins – and that all three are currently being held in the Essex County jail.
An unidentified sheriff’s office spokesman told NJ.com that the findings of the investivation have been forwarded to the Newark police, who are currently deciding what (if any) sanctions will be place against the deli.
Whether or not the deli’s regulars will be back to satiate some inexplicable munchies with more packaged, prepared snacks remains to be seen.
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