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3 Arrested by ICE Charged with Conspiring to Sell Cocaine


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The three people who were arrested yesterday, June 27, by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents appeared in federal court in Newark today for allegedly conspiring to sell multiple kilograms of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

New Brunswick residents Palemon Silvestre Sierra, 41, and Indhira de los Santos Padilla, 33, and Somerset resident Yunior Martinez-Jimenez, 30, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of coke, according to the press release.

Authorities allege that Martinez-Jimenez planned to sell two kilograms of cocaine to two people on Remsen Avenue yesterday, according to the release. Padilla was in the car with Martinez-Jimenez, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged.

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Law enforcement officers eventually saw the two return to a Redmond Street home, the complaint alleges. At that time, officers alleged that Sierra exited the home, grabbed an empty bag, returned inside and then emerged once more, giving the bag back to Martinez-Jimenez and Padilla.

Law enforcement eventually saw a drug transaction and then pulled over the car and found two kilos of coke in the bag, the complaint alleges. They then allegedly found another six kilograms in the Redmond Street home.

This is a developing story. TAPinto New Brunswick will provide more information on this tonight.

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