Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Slaying Suspect Also Faces Drug Charges

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Slaying Suspect Also Faces Drug Charges

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PATERSON -- The teenager accused of murder this week in connection with a fatal September shooting was arrested on Friday on drug-dealing charges at the same 4th Ward street corner where the killing took place.

Justin Ruiz, 18, already was in custody on the drug charges when authorities charged him Sunday with fatally shooting 21-year-old Zahmir Hayes on East 22nd Street near 10th Avenue last Sept. 1.

Detectives Jose Torres and William Niebank had apprehended Ruiz at that corner and charged him with possession and intent to distribute 153 glassine packets of heroin.

Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez said there is no connection between the drug case and the homicide. Authorities would not say whether Ruiz was a suspect in the killing before his arrest on drug charges. …

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