With help from a variety of law enforcement agencies, Bergen County prosecutor's detectives smashed a local drug ring, arresting five people during a series of quick-strike SWAT raids in Garfield, Lodi and Hackensack, authorities announced Tuesday.
Responders grabbed three defendants who tried to flee a vacant first-floor Garfield apartment that was being used to process and package heroin for sale – among them, third-floor resident Frankley Sanchez-Javier, 31, who “jumped through a glass pane window before being apprehended outside,” Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said.
They arrested two others separately, in Lodi and Hackensack, Calo said.
Seized were more than 3½ pounds of packaged heroin, nearly three pounds of cocaine and more than five ounces of unpackaged heroin, along with $140,000 in drug cash, the prosecutor said.
Bergen County Regional SWAT team members led a raid of the Midland Avenue heroin mill in Garfield, as well as at Sanchez-Javier’s apartment two floors above.
The ad hoc strike force also raided:
- two Hackensack apartments – on Railroad Avenue and Lodi Street – where co-defendant Mario Tapia-Hernandez, 31, was living:
- a Prospect Avenue apartment, also in Hackensack, where co-defendant Luis Otero, 33, lived;
- a Kipp Avenue basement apartment where co-defendants Randy Rosa-Garcia, 24, and Nicole Bonilla, 23, lived.
All are unemployed, except for Tapia-Hernandez, who Calo said works for ICS Voice & Data on State Street in Hackensack. Authorities charged them with various drug offenses.
Bonilla was released pending a Feb. 13 first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Tapia-Hernandez was released with conditions and Rosa-Garcia was released outright following a detention hearing Monday
Otero and Sanchez-Javier remained held Tuesday in the Bergen County Jail pending detention hearings.
There was a lot of credit to go around, Calo said.
For their roles in the takedown, the prosecutor thanked:
- the Hackensack, Garfield, and Lodi police departments;
- New Jersey State Police HAZMAT;
- the DEA New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, Group T22;
- Homeland Security Investigations (Newark and JFK);
- the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office;
- the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team.
(The DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force includes agents, officers and investigators of from the DEA, New York State Police and the NYPD.)
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