Felix Cuba Leyva , 48 , had been obtaining heroin and selling it to small-time dealers in Passaic for at least a year , said Salvatore Bellomo
, Passaic County chief assistant prosecutor.
said authorities did not release information about the arrest sooner because the investigation was continuing.Bellomo
said that over the past three months undercover investigators bought 5 ounces of heroin from Leyva's dealers in Passaic.Three ounces were found in Leyva's home on Parker Street , and about 2 ounces were found in his
Ford Explorer when he
was arrested on Route 21 in Newark , Bellomo
All told , the drugs are worth about $120 , 000.Police also seized $9 , 300 found in Leyva's home , Bellomo
expects to present evidence to a grand jury that Leyva was also packaging some of the heroin at his
home.A search warrant turned up 2 , 000 glassine envelopes for packaging drugs , as well as stamps to mark the packages with brand names such as Hot Party , DOA , and In Too Deep , he
In addition , Bellomo
said , police found five coffee grinders -- items that can be used in the drug trade.
They had a special brew they were making , Bellomo
joked.They used the grinders to mix the 'cut' [ a substance used to dilute drugs ] and break it down..
Police also found strainers and digital scales -- other items used for packaging drugs , Bellomo
Also arrested on Thursday was Leyva's girlfriend , Ana Ithier , 41 , who was allegedly involved in the operation by taking and filling drug orders , Bellomo