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Brothers Charged When Search Warrant Yields Drug Stash in Middlesex County

By kcora on
Middlesex County

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department announce that two men have been arrested and charged today following the execution of a search warrant early this morning at their Jamesburg home.

 

According to authorities, Cesar Ortiz, 22, and his brother Erick Barbosa, 18, were arrested and charged today following the execution of a search warrant on the 10’s block of Pergola Avenue in the Borough of Jamesburg at approximately 5:30 p.m.

 

Officials say the narcotics investigation spanning over several months was conducted by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Drug Task Force and the Jamesburg Police Department.  

 

As a result of the investigation, detectives seized approximately 50 bricks of heroin (which is in excess of over 2,000 individual dosage units), cash totaling $872, and a scale and grinder both used in the manufacture and distribution of narcotics.

 

Police charged Ortiz with possession of heroin in the third degree, possession with intent to distribute heroin in the second degree, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin near public property, one being a county park. Barbosa was charged with a disorderly person’s offense of possession of marijuana.

 

This case is in addition to two separate indictments, filed in 2018, in which Ortiz is charged with resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful receipt of handgun ammunition, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance - cocaine, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute near school property, tampering, and obstruction.

 

The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Drug Task Force at (732) 745-8390 or Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department at (732) 521-0011.

 

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