FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – With an assist from the US Postal Inspection Service, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office arrested two men on a variety of drug offenses and seized cocaine with an estimated value of $50,000, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The two suspects, Jorge Diaz, 32, and Grethel Guevara, 29 of Hillcrest Avenue, Somerset, are each charged with Possession of a CDS (cocaine over 5 ounces) with Intent to Distribute (1st Degree), Possession of CDS Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a public park (2nd degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons), according tio Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill.
Both suspects are being held at the Somerset County Jail in Somerville pending a detention hearing.
Robertson and United States Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge James Buthorn provided the following details:
The investigation began Sept. 11 in to suspicious parcels being mailed to a Hillcrest Avenue residence in Franklin Township; investigators seized one of the packages which was subjected to a "sniff" test by Somerset County Sheriff's Office K9 "Basilone." The dog indicated a positive result for the presence of narcotics.
On Sept. 14, investigators applied for, and were granted, a Superior Court anticipatory search warrant for the package and the Hillcrest Avenue residence. Subsequently, members of the United States Postal Inspection Service as well as members of the Somerset County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force determined that Jorge Diaz received the suspicious parcel.
The Superior Court search warrant was executed on the residence; Diaz and Grethel Guevara were both there. The search yielded approximately ½ a kilogram (507 grams) of cocaine and various drug paraphernalia. The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $50,000.
Robertson asks anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential