Turnpike Stop Yields Cocaine Worth $1.75 Million

Jose Velasquez (Courtesy NJSP)

KEARNY – A motor vehicle stop on the New Jersey Turnpike last night led to the discovery of 50 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.75 million, according to a State Police spokesman.

State Police troopers arrested Bronx resident Jose Velasquez, 63, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on March 17. The troopers stopped him for a moving violation on the northbound Turnpike in Kearny. A search of Velasquez’s 1994 Honda station wagon yielded three cardboard boxes of cocaine, according to State Police Sgt. Brian Polite.

Velasquez was charged with cocaine possession and possession with intent to distribute. He was lodged in the Hudson County Jail with no bail, police said.

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