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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOSE DELEON-MERCEDES (DOB: 11/15/1992; single; taxi driver) of 2301 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY on a drug offense. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On September 27, 2022, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that JOSE DELEON-MERCEDES was transporting kilogram quantities of cocaine through Bergen County. During this investigation, a search was conducted on his vehicle in East Rutherford, NJ, which revealed approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a sophisticated, electronically operated hidden compartment. DELEON-MERCEDES was arrested at the scene of the search. JOSE DELEON-MERCEDES was charged with first-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(1). He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing…

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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces that ADRIANO AVERZANO (DOB: 8/02/1983; single; unemployed) of 10 Clinton Street, Apt. 4R, Brooklyn, NY was charged with money laundering, theft by deception, theft, identity theft and conspiracy. This is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office that a check issued by the County of Bergen to a Bergen County based non-profit organization in the approximate amount of $190,000 was intercepted. The check was never received by the intended payee and was deposited at a financial institution located in New York City. The investigation revealed that on Saturday, June 4, 2022, ADRIANO AVERZANO and others conspired to open a fictitious bank account using…

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For Immediate Release: September 26, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOEY PEREZ (DOB: 9/26/1980; single; unemployed) of Miami, Florida on sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Palisades Park Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Captain Anthony Espino. In February 2022, the Palisades Park Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Palisades Park Police Department revealed that JOEY PEREZ sexually assaulted a child who was between the ages of 13 and 16 in Palisades Park, NJ in November 2021. As a result of the investigation, on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, JOEY PEREZ was arrested in…

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For Immediate Release:September 26, 2022Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of PENG CHENG (DOB: 4/30/1989; married; unemployed) of 2425 Ericsson Street, Queens, NY on a charge of money laundering. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On September 22, 2022, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that PENG CHENG was transporting bulk U.S. currency while traveling through Bergen County. During this investigation, a search of a vehicle in Ridgefield, NJ. yielded $51,154.00 in U.S. currency. The driver, PENG CHENG, was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus, NJ for processing. PENG CHENG was charged with third-degree money laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a, and was released on his own recognizance pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ. Prosecutor…

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For Immediate Release: September 21, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ELIJAH HUTCHENS (DOB: 5/03/2003; single; unemployed) of Huntsville, AL on manufacturing and possessing child pornography charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg. Subsequent to a previous investigation and arrest in March of 2022 when the Paramus Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child, detectives ultimately determined that ELIJAH HUTCHENS also endangered the welfare of a child by causing a child to engage in a sexual act while recording it. As a result of the ongoing investigation, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, ELIJAH HUTCHENS was additionally charged with first-degree manufacturing of child pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(3) and…

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For Immediate Release: September 21, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of FRANCISCO VENTURACUBA (DOB: 6/04/1982; single; unemployed) of 85 Presidential Blvd., Paterson, NJ on charges of unauthorized use of personal identifying information and falsifying records. This is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Thursday, March 10, 2022, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission regarding an individual having the same driver’s license photograph on two separate driver’s licenses with different personal information. The investigation revealed that in 2021, FRANCISCO VENTURACUBA presented an application for a New Jersey driver’s license at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission located at Lodi, NJ. Upon review of the photograph, the Motor Vehicle Commission discovered that VENTURACUBA’s photograph was previously assigned to a different driver’s…

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For Immediate Release: September 21, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JULIAN ROJO (DOB: 11/30/1981; single; laborer) of Bergenfield, NJ on sexual assault and child endangerment charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Bergenfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Mustafa Rabboh. On Monday, September 19, 2022, the Bergenfield Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child. An investigation by these two agencies revealed that JULIAN ROJO sexually assaulted the child, who was less than 13 years old, in Bergenfield, NJ. As a result of the investigation, on Monday, September 19, 2022, JULIAN ROJO was arrested in Bergenfield, NJ and charged with second-degree sexual assault by contact, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b; and third-degree endangering the welfare of a…

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For Immediate Release: September 16, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of LUIS AUCANCELA BARBECHO (DOB: 2/04/1994; single; assistant team leader) of Maywood, NJ on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Maywood Police Department under the direction of Chief Terence Kenny. On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the Maywood Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Maywood Police Department revealed that LUIS AUCANCELA BARBECHO sexually assaulted the child, who was younger than 13 years old, and endangered the welfare of the child in Maywood, NJ. As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, September 15, 2022,…

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For Immediate Release: September 16, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of SHABOO WILLIAMS (DOB: 10/17/1992; single; self-employed) of 336 Faller Drive, Apartment F, New Milford, NJ on child pornography charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Thursday, September 15, 2022, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of SHABOO WILLIAMS during the course of a months-long Internet child sexual abuse material investigation. The investigation revealed that WILLIAMS used the Internet to view, download, possess, and distribute items depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent children. As a result of the investigation, SHABOO WILLIAMS was arrested on Thursday, September 15, 2022 in New Milford, NJ and charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, N.J.S.A 2C:24-4b(5)(a)(i); and third-degree possession of child pornography,…

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For Immediate Release: September 14, 2022 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CRISTIAN ARGUETA (DOB: 9/04/2002; single; unemployed) of Fairview, NJ on sexual assault and child endangerment charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Fairview Police Department under the direction of Chief David Brennan. On Monday, September 12, 2022, the Fairview Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairview Police Department revealed that CRISTIAN ARGUETA sexually assaulted the child, who was 15 years old or younger at the time, on more than one occasion in Fairview, NJ. As a result of the investigation, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, CRISTIAN ARGUETA was arrested in Paramus, NJ and charged…

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