Sheriff: Paterson drug dealer and Bloomingdale buyer arrested in Liberty Street bust

Detectives arrested two men after observing a drug transaction on Liberty Street on Monday night, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Savion Clark, 27, of Paterson, and Mathew Paventa, 28, of Bloomingdale, allegedly conducted a hand-to-hand drug sale at around 8:30 p.m.

Detectives had setup surveillance at the location following an anonymous tip.

Paventa double parked in a red Mazda in front of 247 Liberty Street. He stayed inside the car with engine idling. Moments later, Clark got out of 247 Liberty Street and approached the front passenger side window.

Detectives observed Paventa hand cash for several items. After the sale Clark entered a idling black Chevrolet.

Two set of surveillance teams approached both parties. Paventa sped out of the area almost hitting a detective. He was pulled over by Preakness and Totowa avenues following a chase. 3 zipped baggies of crack cocaine and 19 glassine envelopes of heroin was confiscated from him.

Clark was arrested and $233 was seized from his pants left front pocket. Authorities searched his first-floor apartment and found a plate with half-ounce of crack cocaine worth $1,000 and some empty zip-locked bags commonly used to package drugs.

Authorities charged Clark with 13 drug offenses and Paventa with 2. Paventa was charged with resisting arrest.

Paventa was released on his own recognizance.

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