PERTH AMBOY — Last week, New Jersey State Police troopers arrested six people who were allegedly involved in a drug distribution ring that operated in and around a Perth Amboy barbershop. The arrests were the result of a seven month investigation by the Violent & Organized Crime Control North Bureau focused on the alleged drug dealing activities of Manuel Roman.
Roman, 31, of Parlin, was arrested Thursday morning at his residence while his alleged associates were arrested in other locations.
Roman is alleged to have sold significant quantities of cocaine, heroin, and various prescription drugs in and around his regular hang out, Final Touch Cuts barber shop in Perth Amboy. Roman does not work at the shop, nor was the shop owner alleged to have any connection to the crimes.
Search and arrest warrants were executed at Roman’s residence and at the barber shop. In total, more than 600 grams of cocaine, 870 decks of heroin, 98 Oxycodone pills, 87 Xanax pills, eight Suboxone pills, a bullet proof vest, 50 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition, and more than $5000 in cash was seized, authorities said. Most of the evidence was taken from Roman’s house.
Roman was charged with Possession of CDS Cocaine, Possession of CDS Heroin, Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs with the Intent to Distribute, Distribution of CDS within 1000 feet of a school, Distribution of CDS within 500 feet of a Public Park
Antonio Rodriguez, 34, of Carteret was charged with Possession of CDS Cocaine, Distribution of CDS Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Distribute CDS Cocaine.
Giovanni Serrano, 30, of Avenel was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of CDS Cocaine, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Under 50 grams of Marijuana.
Natalia Lopez, 33, of Perth Amboy was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS cocaine.
Carlos Lopez, 30, of Perth Amboy and Lavonia Underwood, 27, of Elizabeth were charged with Contempt of Court.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Perth Amboy Police Department, and Sayreville Boroough Police Department assisted with the investigation.
This case will be prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in the Office of the Attorney General.
The charges are mere accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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