Man charged with operating heroin factory inside luxury apartment in Harrison

Town of Harrison

A Bergen County, New Jersey man appeared in court today for possession of fentanyl and heroin with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Federal officials said Mr. Dawan A. Brown, aka “DB”, 36, of Cliffside Park is charged by complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and at least 400 grams or more of fentanyl. He appeared by videoconference before US Investigating Judge Edward Kiel and was detained.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Law enforcement officers learned that Brown was packaging and distributing large quantities of heroin from an apartment in a building in Harrison.

On June 14, 2022, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at this apartment and at Brown’s residence.

From Harrison’s apartment, officers recovered approximately two kilograms of narcotics, suspected to contain amounts of heroin and fentanyl; drug paraphernalia including a ledger, safe, scales, coffee and spice grinder, ink pads, stamps, ziplock bags, vacuum bags and a sealer machine vacuum bags, razor blades, crystal envelopes and colanders; and approximately $44,000 contained in the safe, along with some of the alleged heroin and fentanyl.

The town of Harrison has seen an escalation of new luxury apartment buildings over the past three years. The following incident is not the first situation where police searched and arrested suspects to operate medicine mills in at least one other building.

Federal authorities did not tell RLS Media which building police found Brown was operating the drug factory.

From the Cliffside Park residence, officers recovered approximately $169,000, five cell phones, safe keys and various jewelry, including diamond necklaces, gold watches and a gold ring.

The narcotics offense carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine.