PATERSON, NJ- A four-month investigation spanning two counties and led by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office netted six arrests and the shutdown of a major heroin distribution network.
According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the investigation began in July when the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force received information about the network.
An execution of search warrants for locations in Bergen and Passaic counties led to the arrests as well as the seizure of one kilogram of uncut heroin, in excess of 3,000 glassine envelopes of heroin, drug packaging equipment, and approximately $40,000 in cash.
The street value of the heroin recovered is estimated at $100,000.
Charged with the most serious crime, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute were:
Angelo Nieves, 49 and Robert Nieves, 45 of Paterson and Moises Soriano, 45, and Tiahra Ilarraza-Reyes, 32, of Passaic. Each faces up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Also arrested were Theodore Tejada, 37 of Paterson and David Laboy, 51, of Bogota who face up to 10 years each for the second degree crime of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance respectively.
Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Passaic, Clifton, Bogota, and Totowa police departments assisted in the investigation.