New Jersey State Police seized 100 pounds of fentanyl, which could have yielded 18 million fatal doses
TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that two men have been condemned to jail in tie with a record-setting seizure last year by the New Jersey State Police of the super-potent fake opioid fentanyl. The seizure of 45 kilos of fentanyl – 40 kilos seized in North Bergen, together with 5 kilos seized in a associated hunt in Willingboro – was the largest seizure ever in New Jersey.
Fentanyl is one of the deadliest opioids, with a potential that is 50 times larger than heroin. The 45 kilos – or scarcely 100 pounds – of fentanyl seized by the New Jersey State Police in this review could have yielded over 18 million fatal doses, given a sip as tiny as 2 to 3 milligrams can be fatal.
The following two men pleaded guilty on Dec. 18 and were condemned now and Wednesday, respectively, in Hudson County by Superior Court Judge Nesle A. Rodriguez:
– Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 31, of Philadelphia, Pa., was condemned now to 10 years in state prison, including 4 years of release ineligibility, on a charge of possession of heroin with vigilant to discharge (1st degree), and a point judgment of 7 years in jail on a charge of possession of fentanyl with vigilant to discharge (2nd degree).
– Daniel Vasquez, 28, of Somerton, Ariz., was condemned on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to 6 years in state jail on a charge of possession of fentanyl with vigilant to discharge (2nd degree).
“Many lives were positively saved as a outcome of this record-setting fentanyl seizure by the New Jersey State Police,” pronounced Attorney General Grewal. “The 100 pounds of fentanyl trafficked into the state by these drug dealers could have generated adequate fatal doses to kill the whole populations of New Jersey and New York City combined. Because dealers use this super-potent opioid to boost heroin and create tawdry oxy pills, drug users are left to play a fatal diversion of Russian roulette any time they give way to their addiction.”
Attorney General Grewal added, “We’ll continue to fight the opioid widespread on every front, by locking up major drug traffickers like these men, prosecuting curved doctors who indiscriminately allot pain pills for profit, going after drug manufacturers who promote obsession by their illegal and niggardly selling of opioids, deploying Narcan, and ancillary drug diagnosis programs.”
“The 45 kilograms of fentanyl seized last year in this review brought home the range of the problem we face in New Jersey with this rarely fatal opioid,” pronounced Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Three years ago, fentanyl was found in only about 2 percent of the heroin tested by the State Police; by late last year, it was found in scarcely one-third of the heroin tested.”
“A seizure of this magnitude, which had adequate fatal doses to clean out the whole race of New Jersey twice over, in all odds prevented someone from ever holding their first dose, saving them from a life of wretchedness and addiction,” pronounced Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I am unapproachable of the superb work of the State Police Trafficking North and South Units and the law coercion partners who are deeply committed to fighting the opioid widespread both on the streets and off.”
While it has been spotlighted for killing Prince and other celebrities, fentanyl also is obliged for a flourishing death fee in New Jersey, where there were 417 overdose deaths from fentanyl in 2015, and over 800 deaths from fentanyl in 2016. Dealers ordinarily brew fentanyl with heroin or cocaine, or sell it in powder compounds or tawdry pills sheltered as heroin, oxycodone or Xanax. Given the tiny distance of a fatal dose, drug users are failing since dealers are drifting about how much fentanyl they put in such mixes and pills. Fentanyl is so manly that medics and police have been disgusted by hit with it while responding to overdoses or making arrests. In further to fentanyl, 7 fentanyl analogs have been sole on the street in New Jersey. The Attorney General’s Office released an emergency sequence last year adding those fentanyl knockoffs to the list of drugs theme to the strictest turn of state control.
In the review involving Carillo-Pineda and Vasquez, detectives of the New Jersey State Police Trafficking North Unit grown information that a conveyance of drugs was being delivered to a plcae in North Bergen. On Jun 28, 2017, State Police detectives, assisted by members of the North Bergen Police Department, located and arrested Carrillo-Pineda and Vasquez in the parking lot of a business in North Bergen after watching a drug transaction in which the 40 kilograms of fentanyl were eliminated from a tractor-trailer assigned by Vasquez and a second man to the case of a Mercedes Benz driven by Carrillo-Pineda. The man with Vasquez, Jesus Yanez-Martinez, also was arrested, but the charges against him were discharged on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The State Police searched the case of the Mercedes and seized the 40 kilos of fentanyl, which were away wrapped inside two black duffel bags. They also found a purse containing $1,050 in cash and a tiny apportion of heroin in the car.
Carrillo-Pineda also was charged – along with Omar Zeus Rodriguez, 38, of Willingboro – in tie with the seizure the next day in Willingboro of 5 kilos of fentanyl, scarcely 40 kilos of heroin, and a smaller apportion of methamphetamine. The drugs were seized by the State Police Trafficking South Unit at Rodriguez’s residence, where Carrillo-Pineda had been staying. Rodriguez was loading suitcases into a Range Rover outward his chateau when he was approached by detectives. The drugs were found in the suitcases and an open Fed Ex box in the vehicle’s trunk. Rodriguez, who now is a fugitive, faces charges that embody possession of heroin with vigilant to discharge (1st degree), possession of methamphetamine with vigilant to discharge (1st degree), and possession of fentanyl with vigilant to discharge (2nd degree).