WARREN, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives Timothy M. Fitzgerald and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced the arrests of Mark Orlando and Angela Siess on multiple narcotics charges for the possession of heroin and morphine pills at a Warrenville Road shopping center in Warren on Wednesday.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received a tip that on July 8, Orlando, a Linden resident, and Siess, of Edison, would arrive at the shopping center in a white Cadillac with heroin in their possession.

A surveillance team watched Siess exit the vehicle around 10:30 p.m. and enter one of the stores in the shopping center while Orlando stood outside of the store. Once Siess exited the store, detectives approached both suspects.

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“Detectives observed defendant Orlando attempting to place a black plastic bag down his pants but instead the bag fell onto the ground and 50 decks of heroin fell out of the black bag,” according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. “Detectives seized an additional 200 decks of heroin inside the plastic bag.”

Orlando was placed under arrest without incident. He was also found to be in possession of one Benzodiazepine pill. He is charged with:

Possession of CDS (Heroin) with the Intent to Distribute, 3rd Degree 
Possession of CDS (Benzodiazepine Pill), 4th Degree

Siess gave detectives voluntary consent to search her vehicle, purse and person where Task Force members located nine and one half morphine pills in an unmarked prescription bottle and two decks of heroin in another unmarked prescription bottle.

Two additional partially filled prescription bottles bearing Siess’ name were also located. During the processing of Siess one of the prescription bottles prescribed to her  was discovered to contain 36 pills identified as Benzodiazepine and not the correct medication.

Siess is charged with:

Possession of CDS (Heroin),3rd Degree 
Possession of CDS (Morphine Pills), 3rd Degree 
Possession of CDS (Benzodiazepine Pill), 4th Degree

Both defendants were lodged in the Somerset County Jail.  
 
The charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.