PERTH AMBOY — When authorities went to arrest a 31-year-old Perth Amboy man on a warrant for first degree distribution of cocaine, they found more drugs which led to additional charges.
On Feb. 8, members of the Perth Amboy Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau joined members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force to arrest Hector Ariel Berrido-Roman at his home on the 200 block of New Brunswick Avenue.
The arrest was completed without incident, and authorities seized $2,020 in cash on his person. Police conducted a subsequent search of Berrido-Roman’s apartment, where approximately 16 grams of cocaine was recovered along with an additional $199 that was also seized. A small amount of marijuana was recovered from the apartment as well.
Berrido-Roman was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over ½ ounce with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. He was also charged with the first degree distribution charges stemming from the separate prior investigation.
Judge Allen Comba set bail at at $200,000 with no 10 percent option. The drugs seized has an approximate street value of $1,600, according to police. Officer Ethan Boyd led the investigation.
The charges against Berrido-Roman are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.