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APRIL 19, 1986
-- John Artis ... was among 12 persons arrested Friday in connection
with a drug operation that police said supplied cocaine bought
in Upper Manhattan to customers in Passaic County.
Artis, 40, was charged with conspiracy to
distribute cocaine, authorities said.
Police said they also found a stolen, fully
loaded .45 caliber handgun in Artis' Paterson apartment. ...
[The gun was reportedly stolen from Norfolk, Va.]
Artis' wife, Dorothy, was arrested and charged
with possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of valium
and possession of a gun without a permit. ...
Artis is being held without bail; bail for
his wife was set at $5,000. ...
Police allege that since December, members
of the drug ring made trips about twice a week to Upper Manhattan
to purchase cocaine and "crack," a highly potent form
of cocaine that is consumed by smoking.
The suspects allegedly transported the drugs
to New Jersey and sold the substances to users and other dealers
in Wayne, Bloomingdale, Hawthorne, and Paterson.
[Donald Campolo, chief assistant prosecutor
in charge of the narcotics unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor's
Office], said there is evidence that Artis took part in both
the purchase of the cocaine in Manhattan and in making deliveries.
Campolo said that Artis had a close relationship with Ms. Hendricks
and Ms. McCaghey, whom he described as the leaders of the ring.
Authorities believe that each week the suspects
sold cocaine valued at $3,000 to $5,000 on the wholesale level
and an unspecified amount of crack, Campolo said.
The Record, April 20, 1986 [CLICK HERE]
Campolo said ... objects used in packaging
and consuming narcotics were found in the 1985 car [Artis] was
The prosecutor said a loaded .45-caliber pistol
and other drug implements were found Friday night in Artis' Redwood
Avenue apartment in Paterson.
Campolo described Artis as one of the principals
in a drug distribution ring operating
primarily from two sites in Wanaque and one in Paterson. The
ring sold narcotics to buyers in upper Passaic County, Campolo
Campolo said his office will attempt to prove
that Artis was one of several persons who bought drugs in upper
Manhattan and delivered them to locations in Wanaque and Paterson.
"It was not an unusual operation,"
Campolo said. He said orders were taken and filled at two chief
locations in Wanaque. Campolo said the ringleaders made certain
never to keep drugs in any volume at either site at any particular
time. "They knew their needs and made buys based on those
needs," Campolo said.
The North Jersey Herald-News, April 20, 1986 [CLICK
"This was a retail, rather than a wholesale
operation," Campolo said. "They did not carry a large
inventory, and turned over what they had very quickly. ...
Police found a small amount of cocaine
and narcotics paraphernalia in [Artis'] 1985 Ford Thunderbird,
as well as a stolen .45-caliber handgun and more paraphernalia
in his apartment.
At Ringwood Avenue in Wanaque, police arrested
the reputed leader of the ring, Rosemarie Linda Hendricks, 39.
Authorities confiscated about 1/8-ounce of cocaine, narcotics-cutting
and -packaging equipment, Valium, a small amount of marijuana,
and drug-transaction records in the apartment.
News, April 21, 1986 [CLICK HERE]
According to Paul Uhlik, assistant county
prosecutor, narcotics unit, the ring was uncovered with the assistance
of electronic devices. "Information on possible drug trafficking
became available, and we employed electronic surveillance."
Lakeland Today, April 23, 1986 [CLICK HERE]
The cocaine ring was apparently supplying
drugs to dealers rather than users. "They weren't holding
significant amounts," said Kronyak. "They were running
to New York every day, which we knew from surveillance."
Uhlik said, "It was a very well organized
operation, apparently supploying not only users but other dealers....
There was dealing going on right out of the 7-11 Store in Haskell."
Uhlik said Artis came into the picture as
the investigation unfolded.
Suburban Trends, April 23, 1986 [CLICK HERE]