A New Jersey prosecutor was recently jailed as authorities claimed he was
drug trafficking. The 44-year-old man from Edgewater is a municipal prosecutor.
He was taken to Bergen County Jail after being formally accused of giving
financial backing to a large-scale drug operation.
The charges include money laundering and financial facilitation. The alleged
drug ring is believed by authorities to have brought 1,000 pounds of marijuana
to New Jersey from California.
The investigation originally centered on to other men which eventually
led police to the prosecutor. The authorities then investigated the men,
ages 43 and 34, who were from Edgewater but made frequent trips to California
where police believe they acquired illegal drugs.
Once they were there, they would allegedly send high-grade marijuana back
to New Jersey through a number of California post offices. The authorities
were apparently able to secure some of the shipments between California
and New Jersey and found 100 pounds of the drug inside. They estimated
that the drugs carried roughly a $400,000 street value. Both of those
men were arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Once the men were arrested, investigators started to trace back through
the operation's network. This first led authorities to a 22-year-old
man from New Milford who served as a banker. That man allegedly gave them
large bills so that they would have less money to carry through the airports
en route to California. Investigators discovered that the two alleged
drug dealers were put into contact by the prosecutor who was recently arrested.
A number of others were arrested in connection with the drug ring, but
investigators continue to hunt down more alleged culprits.
"North Bergen prosecutor arrested on charges of participation in large-scale
marijuana ring," Michelangelo Conte, April 16, 2012