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Heroin bust in Garden State Plaza parking lot


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two Bronx men negotiated the sale of nearly $25,000 worth of heroin to an undercover detective in the parking lot of the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, then were immediately busted, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

Wilton Malta-Maria, l., Rafael Ramos (MUGSHOTS courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR)

Wilton Malta-Maria didn’t speak English, so he used his companion, Rafael Ramos, to translate, the prosecutor said.

Molinelli said Malta-Maria then pulled out 47 bricks of heroin – which, if broken down, produce about 2,350 bags. Detectives then moved in.

Ramos, 46, was carrying 32 bags that investigators believe were for his personal use, courtesy of his work for Malta-Maria.

Malta-Maria, 35, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail, charged with heroin distribution. Ramos, meanwhile, was released on possession charges.

Both live on the same block of Sherman Avenue in the Bronx, records show.

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