HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 48-year-old Hackensack man was one of four area culprits arrested and charged with narcotics-related offenses following a two-month-long investigation into a heroin distribution operation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics, Gangs and Violent Crimes Task Force.

This past December, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office were tipped off that there were individuals distributing large quantities of heroin in the city of Paterson. Shortly thereafter, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office launched an extensive investigation into the activities of Hackensack’s Carlos Nunez and Jose M. Hernandez, 51, of Passaic.

At the investigation’s conclusion, which was conducted with help from members of the Hackensack, Passaic, Totowa, Wayne and Woodland Park police departments, more than 600 envelopes of suspected heroin -- an estimated street value of $6,000 -- were seized, in addition to more than $140,000 in cash and one vehicle.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Nunez was arrested and charged with the following third degree crimes: possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS); distribution of CDS; possession with intent to Distribute CDS; and possession with intent to distribute CDS within 1,000 feet of a school. He was also charged with the following second-degree crimes: Heroin in excess of ½ ounce, a crime in the second-degree; and possession with intent to distribute CDS within 500 feet of Public Housing.

Hernandez was charged with the same. The other operation members included Vincenza Occorso, 33, of Passaic, who was charged with possession of CDS, a third-degree crime, and Grinkin Ulrich, 63, of Paterson, who was charged with possession of CDS and heroin.

The second-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and the third-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to detain Nunez, who is due in Superior Court on Feb. 18. Hernandez and Vincenza Occorso were placed on a summons each and are due at Central Judicial Processing on March 2 in the Criminal Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic Vicinage. Ulrich is pending a pre-trial conference date.