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NY Duo Arrested in Paramus on Drug Related Charges

By kcora on
Paramus

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests of Daniel Velasquez, 32, New Rochelle, NY and Kayla Grace Raffaele, 18, of New Rochelle, NY, on charges of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Ecstasy; Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Oxycodone; and Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Marijuana. 

According to authorities, in June 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation after receiving information that Velasquez was involved in the distribution of narcotics.  On July 25th, Velasquez distributed approximately 25 suspected Ecstasy pills to an undercover Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detective in Paramus.

Officials say on July 31st, Daniel Velasquez was present while Kayla Grace Raffaele distributed approximately 70 suspected Ecstasy pills to an undercover Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detective in Hackensack.

During this transaction, both Velasquez and Raffaele were arrested without incident. 

According to authorities, police seized approximately 10 Oxycodone pills and a small amount of Marijuana from Raffaele and Velasquez.

Police charged Velasquez with one count of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Ecstasy, one count of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Ecstasy, one count of Possession of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Oxycodone, and one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Marijuana, under 50 grams. 

Officials say Velasquez appeared in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, on Aug. 1st and was released with conditions. While Kayla Grace Raffaele was charged with one count of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Ecstasy, one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Oxycodone, and one count of Possession of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Marijuana, under 50 grams. He was released on a summons pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on Aug. 15th.

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.