FLEMINGTON, NJ – Officials say they’ve shut down 13 illegal taxi services in the borough, impounded seven vehicles and charged two men with the illegal delivery and sale of alcoholic beverages.
Jose A. Lopez, 63 and Miguel Espinoza-Garcia, 44, both of Flemington, were charged with the alleged liquor violations, a fourth-degree crime. On separate occasions Lopez and Garcia delivered and sold alcohol to individuals while operating an illegal taxi service, according to a joint press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III, County Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Flemington Police Chief George A. Becker.
The joint investigation was by the Prosecutor's Office Gangs, Guns, & Narcotics Task Force, Flemington Police, and the state Law & Public Safety Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The two men were arrested Feb. 19; the arrests were announced today.
Hon. Eric Perkins set bail on Lopez and Garcia at $1,000 each, which they each posted with a pending court date. Lopez and Garcia were also charged with Flemington Borough ordinance violations charging them with operating illegal taxi services.
Investigators identified 13 illegal taxis operating in the Flemington area, resulting in the impoundment of seven vehicles, and the issuance of 14 traffic summonses and 43 Flemington Borough Ordinance violations, according to the press release.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force at 908-788-1129, or the Flemington Borough Police Department at 908-782-3434.