According to federal prosecutors, the suspect is an integral part of a drug trafficking network that has ties to Colombia. Authorities began to investigate the 52-year-old suspect after learning about his alleged involvement with the criminal organization.
Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted surveillance outside the suspect’s apartment in Newark NJ and allegedly saw him selling drugs.
Law enforcement officials subsequently searched the suspect’s Newark residence and allegedly found more than 55 pounds of heroin and more than 17 pounds of cocaine. DEA agents also allegedly discovered a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol, as well as in excess of $300,000 in cash.
The 52-year-old suspect, who resides in Newark, has been charged with numerous federal crimes, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The suspect also faces criminal charges for a certain persons offense because he is a convicted felon who is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.
While later speaking with members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the suspect allegedly confessed that the drugs and the handgun belonged to him.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Feds: Newark Man Caught with 72 Pounds of Drugs, $300K.”