Fort Lee Car Stop Leads to Arrest of Texas Man on Drug Related Charges

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of Gustavo I. Gonzalez, 37, of McAllen, Texas on a drug-related charge. 

According to authorities, on August 5, 2017, an investigation was conducted regarding the distribution of cocaine by an individual identified as Gonzalez. On this same date, detectives observed him engaged in a drug transaction and then drive towards the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. 

An investigative motor vehicle stop was conducted. The ensuing consent search of the vehicle revealed suspected cocaine inside two car batteries that were hollowed out as hidden compartments. Each car battery contained three kilograms of suspected cocaine.  A total of six kilograms of suspected cocaine were located and seized from Gonzalez's vehicle. 

He was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus for processing.

The estimated street value of the suspected cocaine is approximately $180,000.

Gonzalez was charged with one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine, in a quantity more than one-half ounce and less than five ounces. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.   

Prosecutor Grewal states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.