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Duo Charged with Drug Distribution, Money Laundering Following Paramus Traffic Stop

By kcora on
Paramus

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Candio Tomasini, 35, of Fitchburg, MA and Maribel Roman, 49, of Fitchburg, MA, on one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, specifically Cocaine; one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, specifically Heroin; and one count of money laundering, in the amount of $40,250.00.

Officials said that in March 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Candido Tomasini and Maribel Roman were involved in the distribution of narcotics in Bergen County. 

In furtherance of the investigation, on Mar.19th, a motor vehicle stop was conducted in Paramus, on a vehicle operated by Tomasini and occupied by Roman. 

Law enforcement officials conducted a consent search of the vehicle and seized three kilograms of Heroin and one kilogram of Cocaine from two separate aftermarket electronically operated hidden compartments, with an approximate street value of $600,000.00, as well as $40,250.00 in cash.

Police arrested Tomasini and Roman without incident and charged them with one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, namely Heroin, one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, namely Cocaine and one count of money laundering, in the amount of $40,250.00.

Authorities said both Tomasini and Roman Candido were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on Mar. 23rd at 9 a.m.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt stated, “Last night we arrested significant traffickers who fed drug addiction throughout the New York and New Jersey area.  By working with our law enforcement partners, this heroin and cocaine network has been shut down and dismantled.”

Additionally, New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Today’s announcement speaks to the inter-agency coordination and cooperation dedicated to get drugs out of our neighborhoods.  Thanks to a strong partnership a significant amount of dangerous drugs and money have been seized.  We will continue to work with our partners to bring these criminals to justice and make sure they get the message that this will not be tolerated.”

Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Paramus Police Department and the Bergen County Regional SWAT team for their assistance in this investigation.