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Paramus police nab heroin users

Photo Credit: Paramus PD

Paramus police picked off two heroin users — one 62 and the other 42 — whose monkeys were so big, they said, that the pair took cabs to a from Rahway to get their fixes. They were carrying 49 small bags of smack at the time, authorities said.

Mary Neenan, Thomas Cataldo (MUGSHOTS courtesy Paramus PD)

Paramus Police Chief Christopher Brock said Mary Neenan, 62, and 46-year-old Thomas Cataldo have been living at an area hotel, catching cabs to Rahway for the 60-mile round trip to feed their habits.

Neenan is originally from Fairview, while the 6-foot, 190-pound Cataldo is from Roselle, records show.

After tailing them on a recent trip, Paramus Detectives Robert VonSchalscha, Frank Scott and John Devine stopped the pair in a cab and found them carrying the heroin, as well as two hypodermic needles and a straw, Brock said.

Both are being held at the Bergen County Jail, charged with heroin and paraphernalia possession. Cataldo’s bail is $10,000, Neenan’s $5,000.

Derived from the poppy flower, heroin is considered the most destructive of recreational drugs. Many users each year overdose and die, or are arrested. All for a rush that, at its peak, lasts barely 10 seconds.

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