MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Less than two days after one arrest was made in a $1 million Essex County methamphetamine drug manufacturing investigation, a second suspect from West Orange was arrested Wednesday afternoon by detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics task force.
Eduardo Martinez, 39, of Lorelei Road in West Orange was traced to a Raymond Terrace residence in Maplewood, where he was arrested at 1 p.m. and taken into custody, according to a release from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives from the Newark, Irvington, Bloomfield and West Orange police departments assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation, which, on Monday night, resulted in the arrest of Brian Chedahackembruch, 23, of West Orange.
“Our community greatly appreciates the diligence and hard work of these officers in shutting down a major drug threat to Essex County and all of our neighbors in the metropolitan area,” said Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
Martinez has been charged with three counts each of possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 of a public park. Martinez was also charged with maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, maintaining fortified drug premises, possession of a weapon while committing a narcotics crime, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and conspiracy to violate New Jersey’s narcotics laws.
All of those same charges were made against Chedahackembruch.