NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jossie A. Lopez of New York, NY was arrested and charged with 1st degree, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and 3rd degree, possession of CDS (cocaine) in North Plainfield on February 14th.  The cocaine seized has a estimated street value of $80,000, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson provided the following details:

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force along with members of the New Jersey State Police received information that on February 14, 2017, an unknown Hispanic male would be in possession of a large quantity of cocaine and would be arriving in the area of Raymond Avenue in North Plainfield, operating a motor vehicle with New York license plates.

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Task Force members established surveillance in the area of Raymond Avenue and at approximately 8:53 p.m. they observed a Silver Nissan Rogue bearing New York license plates.  Once the operator parked the vehicle on Raymond Avenue, detectives approached the driver and identified themselves and the ongoing investigation.  As the driver, identified at Jossie A. Lopez, was being removed from the vehicle a black plastic bag containing an object fell from his waistband.  The object was recovered and identified it as one (1) kilogram (1,000 grams) of cocaine.

The Bound Brook Police Department’s K-9 “Crusader” and his handler   responded to the scene and assisted with the narcotic investigation. “Crusader” conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics inside same. The dog also gave a positive indication for narcotics on the object that was recovered from Lopez’s waistband. 

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti, and Bound Brook Chief of Police Michael Jannone were all involved with the investigation and arrest.

Defendant Lopez was in the Somerset County jail without bail pending a detention hearing.