NUTLEY, NJ MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG OFFENSES AND MONEY LAUNDERING
For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of OMAR RIOS (DOB: 12/26/1978; single; unemployed) of 510 Franklin Avenue Apartment 15, Nutley, NJ, for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, and money laundering. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
On November 9, 2023, during a narcotics investigation, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force executed a search warrant at 510 Franklin Avenue, Apartment 15, Nutley, NJ, the residence of OMAR RIOS. Detectives found more than 800 grams of cocaine, $58,070 in suspected drug sale proceeds, cutting agents, packaging material, and a hydraulic press used to compress cocaine for packaging. Search warrants were also executed at 94 Bloomfield Avenue in Nutley and a detached garage located at 45 Watchung Avenue in Belleville, NJ, which had been identified by detectives as stash locations used by RIOS. Detectives found $273,920 in suspected drug sale proceeds in 94 Bloomfield Avenue, Nutley. They also found 10 vintage exotic cars in the detached garage located at 45 Watchung Avenue, Belleville, which RIOS owned and are believed to have been purchased with the proceeds of drug sales.
As a result of the investigation, OMAR RIOS was arrested at his residence and charged with first-degree possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(1); first-degree maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4; and second-degree money laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a. OMAR RIOS was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for its assistance in this investigation.