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Cops sweep up pack of small-time drug dealers

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

Murderers Row, they aren’t: Most don’t have real jobs. But a four-month series of undercover buys of pot, Oxycontin and Roxicodone led to early-morning raids at their homes.

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said six young men and a minor snagged in an undercover sweep all made money by selling small amounts of pot and prescription pain killers in Waldwick and Fair Lawn. Charges have since been dismissed against a seventh man, in what authorities said was a case of mistaken identity (see bottom of story).

The lineup (from left):


Anthony Tomasso , a 25-year-old construction worker from Fair Lawn: Cops say he sold Roxicodone within 500 feet of a public park.

Michael Occhipinti
, 19, of Waldwick:  The Kean College student is charged with selling pot and carrying less the ½ ounce of cocaine and several Ecstasy pills for sale.

Chris Ryan
, 18, of Waldwick: Single and unemployed, he’s accused of selling Roxicodone and Oxycontin within 1,000 feet of a school and 500 feet of a park.

Eric Massenaro
, 21, no job, of Waldwick. He’s charged with selling less than an ounce of pot.

Ian Patterson
, 18, of Garfield. A customer service rep with a Fair Lawn lighting company, he also sold Roxicodone, cops say.

Steven Avagnano
, 20, jobless, of Waldwick: Found carrying small amounts of pot and Ecstasy for sale.

Investigators also picked off an unnamed teenager from Waldwick on juvenile complaints of selling Roxicodone and pot within 500 feet of a public park, Molinelli said.

A judge dismissed charges against a man mistaken for another after prosecutors discovered the error.

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