SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police recovered 240 decks of heroin and a half-ounce of cocaine from a man and woman allegedly dealing drugs at a local motel, officials said Thursday.
According to police, the department received a tip that Lazaro Ruiz-Caceres, 46, of Hightstown, was dealing drugs at area motels.
Officer Raymond McCarthy reportedly observed Ruiz-Caceres and a woman, identified as Megan Knowles, 24, of Jamesburg at an area motel Saturday night.
Officer McCarthy went over to speak to the couple and observed 20 decks of heroin in plain view, police said.
Police charged both with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and they were released after posting bail, police said.
Police then located a safe at the motel and obtained a search warrant for it on Tuesday.
Inside, police found another 220 decks of heroin and a half ounce of cocaine, police said.
As a result of the search warrant, police also charged Ruiz-Caceres with two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia for distribution, police said.
Ruiz-Caceres surrendered to police Wednesday on the new charges and was released after posting $20,000 bail, police said.
“We will aggressively pursue those dealing drugs,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “This case was a combination of good police work and citizen cooperation. Residents getting involved makes the difference every time.”
Chief Hayducka also thanked the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office for its assistance in the investigation.
According to police, Middlesex County had 78 heroin-related deaths in 2014 alone, the last year data was available, making the second highest total for the 21 counties in the state.
According to data by the New Jersey State Medical Examiner, the county has seen the highest growth rate in heroin related deaths in the period of 2010-2014.
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