County officials have announced that the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force (MCNTF) concluded an investigation on Tuesday with the seizure of more than $10,000 in cocaine.
Based on information received by the MCNTF that Juan Polcano-Abreu, 27, would be distributing cocaine in the area of Hudson and Tyler streets in Trenton, task force detectives and members of the Trenton Police Violent Crimes Unit initiated surveillance of the area.
According to police, just before 10 a.m., detectives observed Polanco-Abreu in the area of 60 Hudson Street carrying a white plastic bag in his right hand.
Surveillance officers followed Polanco-Abreu to the 100 block of Tyler Street, where arrest teams converged on Polanco-Abreu in an attempt to detain him for further investigation.
According to reports, as officers attempted to detain him, Polanco-Abreu became aware of the police presence and attempted to run. While attempting to run, detectives observed Polanco-Abreu toss the white plastic bag that he was carrying underneath a parked car.
After continuing to ignore commands by police to stop, Polanco-Abreu was brought to the ground and handcuffed after a brief struggle.
Reports state that officers subsequently recovered the white plastic bag that Polanco-Abreu was observed throwing and found it to contain approximately 103 grams of cocaine.
Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri stated that the total amount of cocaine seized has an approximate street value of $10,300.
According to county officials, Polanco-Abreu was charged with second-degree narcotics offenses and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center.
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