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Arrest Made in Morris County Raid That Netted a Kilo of Fentanyl in Wharton


Morris County authorities announced the arrest of Mr. Luis Reyes-Rosario by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force and the Wharton Borough Police Department.

Police said on Tuesday, members of the Narcotics Task Force and the Wharton Borough Police Department conducted an operation resulting in the arrest of Reyes-Rosario and the seizure of one kilogram of Fentanyl.

Law enforcement officials charged Luis Reyes-Rosario, 30, of Paterson, with the following: 

  • Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (kilogram of fentanyl), 
  • Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), 
  • Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl) illegally obtained, 
  • Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), in a quantity greater than one ounce. 

“Thanks to the work of our Narcotics Task Force and our collaboration with the Wharton Borough Police Department, a significant amount of poisonous fentanyl was taken out of the distribution chain," Acting Prosecutor Carroll said.

"This is an important seizure since, tragically, we know that numerous overdoses each year are the result of individuals ingesting fentanyl that has been mixed with other illegal narcotics, including heroin.”

This investigation was conducted by the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, including lead investigators Detective J. Atoche (MCPO) and Task Force Officer R. Ornelas, who is assigned to the task force from the Wharton Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Fiorentino is representing the State in this prosecution.