A home in the township of New Jersey State Police was found to contain more than 175 pounds of heroin, 50,000 Percocet tablets, seven pounds of fentanyl and seven pounds of methamphetamines. The drugs were seized in what Willingboro Police called the largest drug seizure in the history of the township.
The seizure was made possible after State Police conducted a month-long investigation with the assistance of Homeland Security. Four men were arrested and a second drug seizure of about 88 pounds of heroin was conducted in North Bergen.
State police from the Trafficking South Unit arrested Omar Rodriguez, 37, of Willingboro, on Thursday. This was after State Police detectives from the Trafficking South Unit, with the assistance of Willingboro Police, conducted a search at a home on Berkshire Lane, where they allegedly seized drugs.
The detectives from the Trafficking North Unit, along with members of the North Bergen Police Department, arrested Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 30, of Sierra Mojada, Coahulia, Mexico, and Daniel Vasquez, 27, and Jesus Yanez-Martinez, 21, both of Somerton, Arizona, in the parking lot of a business in North Bergen Township. The arrest, which was conducted in the previous day, was done after observing an alleged drug deal had been done.
The police revealed that they seized 88 pounds of heroin, which is a total of $9.6 million worth of heroin. The Attorney General Christopher Porrino emphasized that there’s no question that multiple lives were saved by the record-level seizure of heroin and fentanyl.
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.
Street-level drug dealing is often associated with fueling immeasurable violence among other causes such as overdoses and addictions. Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of paraphernalia.
The other suspects were charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute. The director of New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice said that the goal of law enforcement is to strike as deep as possible into the narcotics supply line, when it comes to drug interdiction.