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Hudson County Narcotics Task Force Arrests 20 Members of Drug Trafficking Network Operating in NJ, NY

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Hudson County

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that following a year-long investigation, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New York Police Department, as well as other local, county, and federal law enforcement partners, arrested 20 individuals and dismantled a large-scale narcotics trafficking network operating in Hudson, Essex, Bergen and Union Counties, as well as New York City, and charged those involved with various narcotics offenses.

The prosecutor's office said that in addition to the arrests, officers seized more than 9,400 grams of fentanyl, more than 3,400 grams of cocaine, more than 1,700 grams of methamphetamine, more than 800 grams of fentanyl pills, approximately 8 grams of heroin, and a loaded firearm.

The Task Force also seized approximately $118,395 in United States currency. The street value of the total quantity of narcotics seized is approximately $1 million.

Officials said that the operation’s ring leader and a major supplier of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin in Northern New Jersey – Juan Tejada of Union City – has been charged along with his intricate web of nearly two dozen associates.

According to county officials, the operation – which involved the execution of search warrants at approximately two dozen locations across New Jersey and New York – also brought down a fentanyl manufacturer and supplier, Juan Carlos Moreno, who was producing tens of thousands of fentanyl and fentanyl/heroin pills in Washington Heights in New York City that was later provided to the Tejada drug trafficking network and eventually into the hands of individuals in New Jersey.

“This was a large-scale, highly-organized narcotics trafficking network that for years had operated in Northern New Jersey and New York City funneling large volumes of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine onto the streets of our communities,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “The Tejada brothers used front businesses and counter-surveillance and had built an intricate network they believed was impenetrable by law enforcement, however, this joint agency investigation demonstrates the power and reach of the law in stopping these deadly and destructive narcotics operations.”

Four main co-conspirators of Tejada – his wife, two brothers, and an associate – were also arrested, as well as seven couriers and seven main customers who themselves are mid-level drug dealers. 

Officials said that the narcotics were sold primarily in Union City, North Bergen, West New York, Bayonne, and municipalities in Essex, Bergen and Union Counties and Tejada employed the couriers to deliver the narcotics to his customers who then sold the drugs throughout the region.

“The veneer of seemingly legitimate businesses that include a barbershop and a used car lot gave the Tejada family the appearance of normalcy. However, the reality was quite different," Jason Molina, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Newark, said. "Behind the family-run businesses was a transnational fentanyl and cocaine-trafficking organization. The Tejada brothers and their organization have filled our streets with fentanyl and cocaine. That ends today.”

The following individuals were arrested and charged as noted:

  1. Juan Tejada, AKA “RANGER,” age 31, of Union City, has been charged with two counts of Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network, two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS, two counts of Possession of CDS (Fentanyl) with the Intent to Distribute, three counts Possession of CDS (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS (heroin) with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of CDS (fentanyl or its analog) with the Intent to Distribute.
  2. Enmanuel Tejada, age 24, of Union City, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS, Possession of CDS (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute and Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.
  3. Jancel Tejada, age 30, of Union City, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine), Possession of CDS (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute and Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.
  4. Manuel Rodriguez, AKA “MANOLO,” age 49, of Union City, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS, Maintaining/Operating a CDS Production Facility, Possession of CDS (heroin) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS (fentanyl or its analog) with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of CDS (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute.
  5. Milka Dominguez, AKA “RACHEL,” age 32, of Union City, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (fentanyl).
  6. Juan Carlos Moreno, AKA “SAMUEL,” age 43, of Manhattan, NY, has been charged with Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network (fentanyl) and Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (fentanyl).
  7. Jesus Leon-Segura, AKA “CHARRO,” age 48, of Union City, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy of Manufacture/Distribute CDS.
  8. Jorge Bisono, AKA “FLACO,” age 34, of Union City, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine) and Possession of CDS (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute.
  9. Ammar Haimor, AKA “ARAB,” age 27, of Ridgefield, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS.
  10. Jassell Ventura, age 26, of Newark, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine).
  11. Rafael Franco, AKA “RAFFY,” age 34, of Newark, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS.
  12. Milton Gomez, Jr., age 51, of Bayonne, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine) and Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.
  13. Melvin Aviles, AKA “BORI,” age 37, of North Bergen, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (fentanyl) and two counts of Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute.
  14. Jose Cruz-Perez, AKA “LAPIZ,” age 22, of Union City, has been charged Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine).
  15. Richard Gonzalez, age 36, of Elizabeth, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine).
  16. Curtis Lamont Lane, age 46, of Jersey City, has been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS.
  17. Aligie Delatorre, AKA “LIGI,” age 29, of Belleville, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (fentanyl).
  18. Fidel Torres, age 54, of Union City, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine).
  19. Jeremy Lopez-Urena, age 21, of West New York, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (cocaine).
  20. Antonio Hidalgo, AKA “CACONA,” age 43, of Manhattan, NY, has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Distribute CDS (fentanyl).

Additional arrests are expected.

The state has moved to detain defendants Juan Tejada, Enmanuel Tejada, Jancel Tejada, Manuel Rodriguez, and Jorge Bisono.

The detention hearings have been scheduled for February 8.