PERTH AMBOY – After observing an alleged drug deal last week, Perth Amboy police arrested a 21-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman near the intersection of Washington and Division streets.
Joshua Ortiz-Arriaga was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of Lucey Center Park, distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Ceres Elementary School and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Shannon Masterson was charged with possession of heroin.
On Tuesday, June 26, members of Special Investigations Bureau and the Detective Bureau conducted surveillance Ortiz-Arriaga after receiving information that he was allegedly dealing heroin.
Detectives followed Ortiz-Arriaga to the area of Washington and Division streets, where they saw him meet Masterson, who was in a silver colored Dodge Neon. Police watched an exchange between the two suspects, then detectives moved in to recover three decks of heroin that were allegedly sold to Masterson by Ortiz-Arriaga, authorities said. Both individuals were then placed under arrest.
A search of Ortiz-Arriaga revealed an additional five decks of heroin on his person along with $149 in U.S. Currency, according to police. A consent search of Ortiz-Arriaga’s apartment on the 400 block of State Street led to the recovery of an additional 30 decks of heroin and narcotic paraphernalia, authorities said.
Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set Ortiz-Arriaga’s bail at $50,000 with no 10 percent option and required a bail source hearing. The judge set Masterson’s bail at $5,000 with no 10 percent option.
The total street value of the drugs recovered is approximately $400, according to police.
The charges against the defendants are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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