Bergen County Grand Jury Indicts Edgewater NJ Men for Fentanyl Distribution
A Bergen County grand jury recently indicted three men, including two men from Edgewater NJ, on charges for illegally distributing prescription drugs.
The two NJ suspects are a 26-year-old and a 33-year-old man, both of whom are from Bergen County. The third suspect is a 27-year-old resident of New York. According to prosecutors, the suspects were busted distributing furanyl fentanyl.
In the past few years, federal and state law enforcement has started to target distributors of prescription drugs because there has been a significant rise in the number of prescription drug overdose deaths. Making matters worse is the fact that fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful than a drug like heroin.
The three suspects accused of dealing fentanyl in NJ were placed under arrest in July 2016 at the conclusion of a joint investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). While making the arrests, authorities reportedly found the suspects in possession of more than 10 ounces of fentanyl, as well as $730,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug transactions.
All three suspects were charged with first degree conspiracy, while the two Edgewater suspects were also charged with money laundering, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of fentanyl. The 26-year-old Edgewater suspect faced an additional criminal charge for obstruction of justice.
Now the suspects have been indicted on the criminal charges. As a result, they could be headed for a trial in Bergen County Superior Court.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Trio Indicted After $732K, ‘Designer’ Opioid Seized, Authorities Say.”