$9.6M worth of heroin seized in 'record-level' drug raid
Updated on July 1, 2017 at 1:59 PM Posted on July 1, 2017 at 1:50 PM
By Matt Gray firstname.lastname@example.org, For NJ.com
Authorities arrested four men and seized $9.6 million in heroin following a month-long investigation into drug distribution, New Jersey State Police announced.
Investigators seized 120 kilos of heroin, as well as methamphetamine, fentanyl and a huge haul of Percocet tablets in raids in Bergen and Burlington counties.
State police and members of the North Bergen Police Department arrested three men in the parking lot of a North Bergen business Wednesday after observing an alleged drug deal, police said.
Arrested were Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 30, of Sierra Mojada, Coahulia, Mexico, Daniel Vasquez, 27, of Somerton, Arizona, and Jesus Yanez-Martinez, 21, also of Somerton. Police also seized 40 kilos of heroin.
Each man was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy. All were placed in Hudson County Jail pending a detention hearing.
The next day, the investigation continued in South Jersey, where state police detectives working with local police searched a home on Berkshire Lane in Willingboro. They seized 80 kilos of heroin, three kilograms of methamphetamine, three kilos of fentanyl and 50,000 Percocet tablets.
Omar Rodriguez, 37, of Willingboro, was arrested in this raid and charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia. He was placed in Burlington County Jail.
"There's no question that multiple lives were saved by this record-level seizure of heroin and fentanyl," Attorney General Christopher Porrino said in a statement. "The 120 kilos of heroin seized by this team over the past two days would have been cut into millions upon millions of individual doses of heroin, made even deadlier if laced with the lethal fentanyl that was also seized."