Police: 8 face charges of running illegal drug operation out of bar

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Police in Paterson say eight people face charges of running an illegal drug operation out of a bar.

The operation was happening at the Terrace Bar and Grill on 36 Totowa Ave.

Police went undercover at the bar, where they arrested two dealers and six customers.

The individuals arrested were:

Ramon Rivera, 47, of Haledon

Brian R. Wichowski, 28, of Little Falls

Louis Saunders, 29, Garfield

Peter C. Saoud, 42, Nutley

William W. Grotz, 29, Totowa

Matthew W. Ford, 29, Totowa

Brian J. Ametrano, 28,Totowa

Jose A. Velasquez, 44, Paterson

Police found 10 plastic bags of cocaine and $268 in cash.

The group is also facing charges for selling drugs within 500 feet of a park.

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