Two Bergen County men were recently indicted on charges of illegal distribution of prescription drugs.
The two suspects are a 26-year-old Edgewater NJ man and a 33-year-old Edgewater NJ man. A third suspect charged in connection with the drug distribution is a 27-year-old New York man. According to authorities, the suspects were dealing furanyl fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug.
In recent years, federal and state law enforcement has cracked down on prescription drug abuse due to a massive rise in the number of fatal prescription drug overdoses. Moreover, fentanyl is reportedly 50 times more powerful than heroin.
The three suspects in this case were arrested in July 2016 after New Jersey State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents finished their investigation.
While placing the suspects under arrest in Edgewater, NJ, police allegedly discovered more than 10 ounces of fentanyl and approximately $730,000 in cash.
All three suspects were subsequently charged with first degree conspiracy, while the two Edgewater NJ suspects faced additional criminal charges for money laundering, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of fentanyl. Moreover, the 26-year-old Edgewater NJ suspect was also charged with obstruction of justice.
Now the suspects could be headed to trial after a Bergen County grand jury handed down indictments on the drug crime charges.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Trio Indicted After $732K, ‘Designer’ Opioid Seized, Authorities Say.”