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Elmwood Park Police Arrest 4, Seize Cocaine, Cash, Pit Bull

Manuel Vasquez, Paige Appel, Dario Gimenez
Manuel Vasquez, Paige Appel, Dario Gimenez Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- Elmwood Park police raided a ramshackle home and arrested four people, three of whom they said were involved in selling cocaine there, following a two-month investigation that included several undercover buys.

Animal control officers were summoned to take custody of a pit bull found in the home, raising the possibility of cruelty charges, Police Chief Michael Foligno told Daily Voice this afternoon.

A strike force of detectives and officers hit the Boulevard home near Linden Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Foligno said.

They seized an ounce of cocaine, $738, several baggies commonly used to package drugs, cutting agents, scales, glass pipes, a large quantity of illegal fireworks and illegal identification documents for immigration purposes, he said.

They arrested the homeowner, 51-year-old Manuel Vasquez ( above, left ), along with residents Paige Appel, 25 ( middle ), and Lisa Sloginski 52, and Obal Avenue resident Dario Gimenez, 43 ( right ), the chief said.

Appel was charged with drug paraphernalia possession and released without bail pending a court hearing.

The others were charged with cocaine possession with the intent to distribute it and possession of hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.

Vasquez was also charged with maintaining a nuisance. He was being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail. Federal authorities issued a detainer for the Dominican native's deportation, Foligno said.

Appel was being held on $75,000 bail.

Giminez, meanwhile, was being held on $100,000 bail.

Officers also contacted the building inspector, the fire department and PSE&G, Foligno said.

"With the help of all three agencies and due to the numerous codes violations the above agencies deemed 390 Boulevard unsafe and unlivable, and condemned the house," he said.

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