WEST ORANGE, NJ – A law enforcement task force that included West Orange police and Essex County sheriff’s detectives shut down a drug manufacturing facility on Lorelei Road Monday night.
According to a release from the Essex County Sheriff's office, nearly $1 million in methamphetamine was seized. Detectives from the Newark, Bloomfield and Irvington police departments also were part of the task force, which executed a search warrant at 1 Lorelei Road after an investigation that lasted two months, said Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
“Our officers entered the premises and found the target of our investigation, Brian Chedahackembruch, 23, in his bedroom,” Fontoura said. “During a thorough search of the house, our detectives recovered 4,450 grams of methamphetamine in both liquid and crystal form, 96 ounces of gamma butyrolactone, a chemical that is used to convert one drug into another, 74 grams of marijuana, a wide assortment of narcotics paraphernalia, including butane torches, digital scales and plastic funnels, $3,840 in cash, four BB guns, a video surveillance system and bank deposit receipts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Hazmat teams from the New Jersey State Police and the Nutley P.D. were called to the scene due to the potential danger the drugs posed. The Hazmat teams confirmed the toxicity of the drugs.
“The traffic in methamphetamines is not unknown in our urban areas as it is more prevalent in rural areas,” Fontoura said. “However, from 2015 to 2017, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Northeast Regional Lab has seen a 5,657 percent increase in the total weight of methamphetamine exhibits analyzed from 4,468 grams in 2015 to 257,206 grams in 2017. Meth is a psychostimulant drug that is similar to amphetamines and usage may lead to structural and functional changes in the brain associated with emotion and memory, and some of these changes may be irreversible.”
Following his arrest, the suspect complained of physical discomfort due to a recent medical condition. He was transported to University Hospital in Newark by West Orange EMS, where he currently remains under guard.
Chedahackembruch was charged with three counts each of possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 of a public park. He also was also charged with maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, maintaining fortified drug premises, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and conspiracy to violate New Jersey’s narcotics laws.
A second suspect, Eduardo Martinez, 39, also a resident of the same Lorelei Road address, remains at large and similar charges have been filed against him.