ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Police Department and members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested two Stratford, Connecticut, residents last Wednesday, October 28, and seized large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday, November 2.

Jafet Acevedo, 21, and Arturo Perez, 22, were stopped in a 2004 Toyota Sienna near The Mills at Jersey Gardens shopping mall. A search of the vehicle and a later search of the defendants’ home yielded the recovery of three kilograms of cocaine, 3.5 kilograms of heroin, 10 pounds of methamphetamine, and $40,000 in cash; the estimated street value of the seized narcotics is estimated at nearly $1.5 million. 

Acevedo and Perez both were charged with first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and two related third-degree drug offenses. State Superior Court Judge William Daniel set bail at $1 million for Acevedo and $500,000 for Perez.

Convictions on first-degree crimes are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison.