TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of LUIS LOPEZ (DOB: 3/11/1995) and ALIDA AGUILERA (DOB: 1/12/1994) of 45 Westmont Drive, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey on drug possession and distribution charges. These arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Officer in Charge Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the Drug Enforcement Administration NJ Division under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl KOTOWSKI, the Drug Enforcement Administration NY Division under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James HUNT, and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael COLANERI.
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, law enforcement personnel conducted a motor vehicle stop for investigative purposes on a vehicle parked inside the Rite Aid Pharmacy lot located at 151 Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. During a search of the vehicle, officers located and seized approximately four kilograms of suspected heroin from a bag belonging to the passengers identified as Luis LOPEZ and Alida AGUILERA. A subsequent search of their residence revealed an additional five kilograms of suspected heroin. Mr. LOPEZ and Ms. AGUILERA were placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for further investigation. The estimated street value of the suspected heroin seized on this date is approximately five hundred and forty thousand dollars. Luis LOPEZ and Alida AGUILERA were each charged with one count of violating
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A(1)/5B(1) - Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, in a Quantity of Five (5) Ounces or More, a first degree crime; one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 - Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, within One Thousand Feet of a School, a second degree crime; and one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(1) - Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, a third degree crime. Bail for both individuals was set at $250,000.00 each with no ten percent cash option and they were subsequently remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.
Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Drug Enforcement Administration NJ and NY Divisions and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM
DEFENDANT 1: LUIS LOPEZ DOB: 3/11/1995
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 45 WESTMONT DRIVE,WOOD RIDGE, NEW JERSEY
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
DEFENDANT 2: ALIDA AGUILERA DOB: 1/12/1994
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 45 WESTMONT DRIVE, WOOD RIDGE, NEW JERSEY
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
DATE OF ARREST: 9/22/2016
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE COUNT OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY HEROIN, IN A QUANTITY OF FIVE (5) OUNCES OR MORE, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (1) – A 1ST DEGREE CRIME. ONE (1) COUNT OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY HEROIN, WITHIN ONE THOUSAND FEET OF A SCHOOL, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 – A 2ND DEGREE CRIME. ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY HEROIN, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A (1) – A 3RD DEGREE CRIME.
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2016 @ 8:30 A.M.
JUDGE: HONORABLE JOSEPH JONES, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $ 250,000.00 WITH NO TEN PERCENT OPTION.
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL.