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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: March 31, 2010

 

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Twenty one adults, one teenager charged in massive drug sweep

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest today announced the arrest of 21 adults and a 15-year-old male following a six-month investigation of heroin trafficking in Middlesex and Somerset counties.

 

Following the investigation by the Somerset County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force and the Middlesex County Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force, authorities in both counties, with assistance from Sayreville, East Brunswick, New Brunswick and Franklin Township police departments and members of the New Jersey State Police and Union County Prosecutorís Office, arrested the defendants at their homes and seized over 600 bricks of heroin.The total seizure has a street value of $400,000 to $450,000.Each brick contains 50 individual bags of heroin packaged for street distribution.Officials stated that the total weight of the seized heroin was approximately three kilos, 6.6 pounds.

 

Smaller amounts of cocaine and marijuana also were confiscated by police after they obtained arrest warrants and search warrants.

 

In addition, police confiscated two handguns, ammunition, six automobiles and more than $40,000 cash.

 

The arrests began at about 8 a.m. on March 26, 2010, continued through last weekend and ended March 29, 2010. Defendants living in communities including New Brunswick, Franklin Township, and Elizabeth were apprehended by police.

 

The defendants were arrested on a variety of charges, including counts of conspiracy, possession and distribution of heroin. Bails range from $10,000 to $750,000 for defendants who are being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. Thirteen of the adults and the 15-year-old male were charged and then released on their own recognizance.

 

Among those arrested and charged was Johnel Dunlap (DOB 4/23/71) of 339 South Park Street, Elizabeth. He was held on $750,000 bail after he was arrested and charged with being the leader of a heroin network and conspiring to distribute heroin. He also was charged with possession with intent to distribute more than five ounces of heroin.

 

Also arrested on charges of conspiracy, possession and possession with intent to distribute were William Newbill, (DOB 1/20/80) also of 339 South Park Street, Elizabeth and Joseph Mosley (DOB 7/1/83) of 74 South Ward Street, New Brunswick. Their bails were set at $250,000 each.

 

Tehron Luster (DOB 3/30/75) of 48 Paulus Boulevard, New Brunswick, was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute it. His bail also was set at $250,000.

 

In addition, Jose R. Maldonado (DOB 9/29/81) of 1 Franklin Boulevard, in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, Richard Daggett (DOB 5/20/78) of 409 Lakeview Drive in the Parlin section of Sayreville, and Katiria Gomez (DOB 6/23/82) of 10 Victory Place, Apartment 10, East Brunswick, were charged with conspiring to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Bail was set at $25,000 for Maldonado and Daggett. Gomezís bail was set at $10,000.

 

Arrested on charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of heroin were Wilkins Gonzalez (DOB 7/16/76) of 114 Wright Place, New Brunswick, Naykeeya Willard (DOB 8/31/78) of 193 Lawrence Street, New Brunswick, and Lashawn Higgins (DOB 6/25/86) of 32 Mitchell Avenue, New Brunswick. Bail was set at $100,000 for Gonzalez. Willard and Higgins were released in their own recognizance.

 

The 15-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin. His name is being withheld because of his age.

 

††††††††† Also charged with conspiracy to possess and attempt to possess a controlled dangerous substance are Stephen Stepko (DOB 12/01/71) of343 Elm Street, Sterling; Chris Feliciano (DOB 6/16/85) and Nick Feliciano, (DOB 05/10/89) both of 1032 Kerwin Street, Piscataway; Andrew Lee (DOB 05/28/87) of 244 St. Nicholas Avenue, Hillsdale; Diane Przybylko, (DOB 08/04/68) of 115 South Stevens Street, South Amboy; Erica Petillo (DOB 09/04/89) of 66 West Park Place in the Colonia section of Woodbridge, and Beth Osworth (DOB 09/02/66) and James Gagnon, (DOB 06/14/59) both of27 Serviss Road, East Brunswick. All were released in their own recognizance.

 

††††††††† The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.

 

††††††††† In addition, Curtis Lagrone (DOB 04/17/59) of 22 Roberts Road, Franklin Township; Paul Marino (DOB 09/15/68) of 8 Swinder Road, Parlin, and Stephen Hecht (DOB 02/02/64) of 58 Second Street, Keyport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and attempted possession of a controlled dangerous substance. They also were released in their own recognizance.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the 21 adults and the teenager are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.