PERTH AMBOY – On Friday, detectives from the Special Investigations Bureau of the Perth Amboy Police Department arrested two men and seized drugs with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000 as the result of a surveillance operation.
David Lopez-Cortes, 27, of Carteret and Tomas H. Vega, 40, of Perth Amboy were both charged with possession of over five ounces of cocaine with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and related charges after detectives observed them engaging in an alleged narcotic transaction in the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts on Fayette Street at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Police seized 310 grams of cocaine, $388 in cash and the vehicles the two men were driving.
Judge Emery Z. Toth set bail at $100,00 with no 10 percent option and required a bail source hearing. Lopez-Cortes is currently on federal probation for prior narcotics distribution charges, authorities said.
Perth Amboy Police Detective Mohamed Mohamed led the investigation.
The charges against the defendants are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.