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Three Arrested in Garfield Drug Bust

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Garfield, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police have arrested Mr. Luis M. Cuebas, 28, and Ms. Victoria L. Rodriguez, 28, both of Garfield, and Ms. Jasmin R. Willis, 29, of Manchester and recovered $12,500 worth of heroin and $26,668 cash.

According to police, during a three-month investigation, which was led by the New Jersey State Police Trafficking North Unit working within the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force (OETF), State Police detectives determined that Luis Cuebas was involved with narcotics distribution, operating from his residence on Sherman Place in Garfield City.

Through various investigative means, detectives discovered that Luis Cuebas supplied Jasmin Willis with narcotics at a location in Lodi Borough.

Official said on Friday, May 8, detectives stopped Willis as she drove southbound on the Garden State Parkway in Middletown Township, Monmouth County.

During the stop, detectives discovered that she was in possession of 5,000 individual doses of packaged heroin.

NJ State Police officials said at approximately the same time, assisting detectives stopped Cuebas in Secaucus, Hudson County. Detectives later recovered $9,497 cash from the vehicle.

Both Willis and Cuebas were arrested without incident.

Later that day, detectives from the Trafficking North Unit along with members of the State Police T.E.A.M.S, K9, and Hazmat Units responded to Cuebas’ residence to execute a search warrant after they observed Victoria Rodriguez move several large bags of evidence from one address on Sherman Place to another.

As a result of searches conducted at both residences, detectives seized $17,171 cash, 8 rubber stamps used to brand packaged heroin, grinders, wax folds, and ink pads.

Luis Cuebas was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute heroin, and money laundering.

Jasmin Willis was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Victoria Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute heroin, money laundering, and destruction of evidence. Cuebas was lodged in the Bergen County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Willis and Rodriguez were released with pending court dates.

The case is being prosecuted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Since October 2018, the OETF has conducted 87 operations and seized more than 670,850 individual doses of packaged opioids valued at $3,354,250, more than 71 kilograms of raw heroin valued at $4,267,740, more than 23 kilograms of fentanyl valued at $1,150,900, more than 44,000 fentanyl based pills valued at $443,710, more than 24 kilograms of cocaine valued at $859,950, more than $1,754,000 cash, and 47 firearms.

The OETF has also disrupted or dismantled 23 fully operational opioid packaging facilities, a fully operational fentanyl pill pressing operation, and arrested 181 suspects.

Charges are merely accusations, and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.