JERSEY CITY, NJ - An investigation lasting more than two months culminated in 23 arrests and the takedown of a major drugs operation spanning two counties, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced Wednesday.
According to Suarez, law enforcement officials executed search warrants beginning at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in multiple residences and cars in Jersey City, where seven handguns were also seized, as well as in Roselle and Elizabeth.
In addition to half a kilogram of heroin, a quarter kilogram of cocaine, more than 100 grams of marijuana and more than $360,000 in suspected drug proceeds, the officers also recovered prescription Xanax and Oxycontin pills, hollow point bullets, a bullet proof vest, extended/prohibited magazines, handcuffs and firearm holsters, and a stun gun.
“As evidenced by the sheer volume of drugs, money and weapons recovered, this network brought violence and fear throughout the neighborhoods in which it operated,” said Prosecutor Suarez. “Knowing how deadly these drugs and guns are and the severely negative impact they place on the safety and quality of life for those living near these locations, we are pleased to have stopped their operations. We thank all of the agencies who worked with us on these arrests.”
The Hudson County Regional SWAT Team, the Bergen County Regional SWAT team, the Jersey City Police Department Emergency Services Unit, the Bayonne Police Department, the Hoboken Police Department, The Drug Enforcement Agency – Newark Field Office and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, K-9 and Transportation Units also participated in the operation.