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Cops: Hopatcong's Main Heroin Dealer Caught

The following arrest information was supplied by the Hopatcong police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Authorities have arrested a woman they say is the borough's biggest heroin dealer.

Karen Tucker, 51, was caught with about five "bricks" of heroin and $1,200 cash during a drug deal in the Mount Arlington train station parking lot on Nov. 16, police said. One "brick" contains about 50 individual bags of heroin, police said. Three others were arrested in the bust.

Tucker, of Deane Road, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of several third-degree charges, police said.

"[Tucker] was the main heroin supplier for Hopatcong," Hopatcong Police Capt. Robert Brennan said.

Authorities followed Tucker for up to four months after receiving a tip while responding to a heroin overdose in Hopatcong, Detective Ryan Tracy said. Tucker made frequent trips to Newark to buy the drugs, which she sold from her home, , the train station and several other locations, Brennan said.

Castaways owner Paul Bogensberger said he had suspected Tucker was dealing drugs out of his bar and had contacted police about her several times.

Tucker would often go into the bathroom with another woman, who would then soon leave the bar, the owner said. Police hadn't specifically said if that activity was related to the alleged drug dealing.

"I've had my suspicions," Bogensberger said. "I don't put up with drugs in my place. If I'm suspicious of drugs in my place, I throw their [butts] out."

Unemployed for more than a year, Tucker told police she made about $6,000 a week selling heroin, Brennan said.

Tucker was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in a parked zone. She was processed and released, police said.

Police hadn't described any charges related to ongoing activity. It wasn't immediately clear if further charges might be pending.

Hopatcong residents Gregory Bracco, 24; John Leonard, 24; and Alexander Cook, 24, each were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, loitering to commit a drug offense and conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance. Each were processed and released.

For questions on this report, email brendan@patch.com.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this report said Karen Tucker was caught with 10 pounds of heroin.

1??????????? January 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
What do they consider an eleven-year-old, Einstein? Still 1???????????
jazzman January 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
like a child when you pull his arm one way and he immediately does the opposite,give someone an idea and most will take the opposite view immediately without hesitation,how do these people get along with others or survive in the work place,i see these nuts in my rearview mirror all the time,and this subject matter only attracting them in defiance,arrogant and argumentive personallities more of a mental issue and then becoming a perscription med problem!
TakingAStand January 03, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Still 1??????????? Last time I respond to your meaningless posts.... Just a question for you! Are you Beavis or Butthead?
Lisa Reece January 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I called the Morris County Courthouse this morning. The court date is January 23rd at 8:30 am.
Valerie Quinn February 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This is an informative meeting that everyone should try and attend. The Hopatcong Municipal Alliance along with the Center for Prevention and Counseling will be providing knowledge and statistics of drug trends in HOPATCONG, and surrounding areas. Unfortunately there are drugs in town. Educating ourselves as parents and educating our youth is the first step towards prevention. MONDAY February 13, HHS 7pm. Please join us!! And it’s FREE FREE FREE.

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