FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ AND RAFAEL OTERO CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION AND INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrests of FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ (DOB: 12/30/1985) and RAFAEL OTERO (DOB: 05/03/1985), both residents of Paterson, New Jersey, on drug possession charges. The arrests are the result of a one (1) month investigation conducted by the members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, members of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO and members of the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth EHRENBERG.

During the month of September, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force developed information regarding the drug distribution activities of Francisco FERNANDEZ. A follow up investigation confirmed that Francisco FERNANDEZ and his associate, later identified as Rafael OTERO, were distributing COCAINE and MOLLY in Bergen and Passaic counties.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Detectives were following a vehicle that was occupied by Francisco FERNANDEZ, Rafael OTERO, Ramon THEN, and Ivan ARANCETA. After observing activities consistent with drug distribution, this vehicle was stopped and searched in Paramus, New Jersey. As a result, seventy-four (74) grams of COCAINE and four hundred (400) grams of MOLLY were seized. Further investigation led to the charges: Francisco FERNANDEZ with one (1) count of possession with the intent to distribute MOLLY in a quantity greater than five (5) ounces, a First Degree Crime and one (1) count of possession with the intent to distribute COCAINE in a quantity greater than one half (1/2) ounce, a Second Degree Crime. Rafael OTERO was charged with one (1) count of possession with the intent to distribute MOLLY in a quantity greater than one half (1/2) ounce, a Second Degree Crime. Ivan ARANCETA and Ramon THEN were later released.

The estimated street value of the suspected MOLLY and COCAINE is in excess of $15,000.00.

After being processed for arrest, Francisco FERNANDEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 bail with no 10% cash option which was set telephonically by the Honorable Jae Y. KIM, J.M.C. of the Bergen County Central Municipal Court.

After being processed for arrest, Rafael OTERO was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail with no 10% cash option which was set telephonically by the Honorable Jae Y. KIM, J.M.C. of the Bergen County Central Municipal Court.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Paramus Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ DOB: 12/30/1985
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 201 MARYLAND AVENUE, PATERSON, NJ, 07503
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED
ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: PARAMUS
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 UNIT
PARAMUS POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/ 5B (1) – POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MOLLY, IN A QUANTITY GREATER THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES, A FIRST DEGREE CRIME
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (2) – POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY COCAINE, IN A QUANTITY GREATER THAN ONE HALF (1/2) OUNCE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES, A SECOND DEGREE CRIME
ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
JUDGE: HONORABLE JAE Y. KIM, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $75,000 NO 10% CASH OPTION
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: RAFAEL OTERO DOB: 05/03/1985
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 377 15TH AVENUE, APT. 1, PATERSON, NJ, 07502
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED
ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: PARAMUS
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 UNIT
PARAMUS POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (2) – POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY COCAINE, IN A QUANTITY GREATER THAN ONE HALF (1/2) OUNCE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES, ASECOND DEGREE CRIME
ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
JUDGE: HONORABLE JAE Y. KIM, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $50,000.00, NO 10% CASH OPTION
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

RAFAEL OTERO
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