(Photos courtesy of the NJ State Police)
METUCHEN — Detectives assigned to the New Jersey State Police Drug Trafficking Unit, in conjunction with federal and local authorities, seized 40 kilos of cocaine and over $1 million in cash from a Metuchen warehouse.
This cooperative investigation involving the New Jersey State Police, NY/NJ Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, and the Metuchen Police Department, resulted in the arrest of four men and the seizure of assets worth more than $3 million.
Search warrants were executed in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 24 at a warehouse on the 300 block of High Street in Metuchen. Detectives arrested Cesar Perez 53, of Bronx, N.Y., Juan Roque 29, and Carlos Marroquin, 50, of Los Angles, Calif., and Divanis Mendoza 35, of New York N.Y.
In addition to the drugs and cash, police also seized six vehicles: a 2003 Saturn Vue, 2004 Saturn Vue, 2000 Ford Excursion, 2004 Ford Econoline Van, 2004 Honda Accord, and a 2001 Freightliner tractor. Four of these vehicles contained complex electronically activated hidden compartments known as “traps,” authorities said
All four men were charged with possession with intent to distribute, money laundering, and conspiracy. The bail for each was set at $250,000, and the defendants will be required to post the full amount. They were lodged in the Bergen County Jail.
The investigation is being prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice.
The charges are merely accusations and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.