MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Following a long term drug investigation, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr. announce the arrest of ten individuals and the seizure of over five hundred grams of cocaine and over $10,000. The investigation began in June 2018 into the importation and distribution of cocaine into Morris County, they said.  

Of those arrested, Alexdander Rodriguez-Bejaran resides in Linden.  The other four, Rudy Menez-Lopez, Gabriella Pieneda, Yassir Martinez and Edwin Garcia are residents of Morristown.

“We are losing too many of our citizens to the disease of addiction", said Prosecutor Knapp. "This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working together to infiltrate criminal organizations impacting Morris County. Fortunately, the Morris County Narcotics task force, led by the Prosecutor's Office Special Enforcement Unit, dismantled a drug trafficking group and the investigation resulted in the removal of a significant quantity of cocaine from our community."

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According to a press release from the Prosecutor's Office:

Alexander Rodriguez-Bejaran, age 43 of Linden was charged with the following and was released on a Summons Complaint.

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Rudy Mendez-Lopez, age 20 of Morristown  was charged with the following and  is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility awaiting his First
Appearance.

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine


Gabriella Pieneda, age 32 of Morristown was charged with the following and  is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility awaiting her First Appearance.

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine


Yassir Martinez, age 40 of Morristown was charged with the following and was released on a Summons Complaint.

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute


Edwin Garcia, age 39 of Morristown was charged with the following and was released on a Summons Complaint

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Abel Mejia-Lara, age 37 of North Bergen, was charged with the following and  is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention Motion.

  • 1 count of First-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  •  3 counts of Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • 3 counts of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 3 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 4 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine


 Erlin N. Duarte-Oseguero, age 27 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following and is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention Motion.

  • 1 count of First-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Second Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • 2 counts of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 2 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 2 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 5 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute


Cesar D. Acosta-Shuna, age 35 of Union City, NJ, was charged with the following and  is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention
Motion

  • 1 count of First-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 2 counts of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 2 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 3 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

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 Walter O. Cabrera-Martinez, age 36 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following and was released on a Summons Complaint.

  • 1 count of third-degree Possession of Cocaine


 Maria G. Ramos, age 36 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following was released on a Summons Complaint.

  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until he/she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a Court of law.

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