TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of MICHAEL DE CASTRO (DOB: 8/16/1995; single; employed as a driver) of 2149 E. William Street, Philadelphia, PA on a charge of Money Laundering. This arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On January 31, 2018, during a narcotics investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, a motor vehicle stop was conducted in Fort Lee, NJ on a gold 2005 Honda Odyssey. While speaking with DE CASTRO, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, detectives noticed a large bag of suspiciously packaged U.S. currency in the vehicle. When detectives questioned DE CASTRO about the currency, he attempted to conceal the bag underneath the seat. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed $34,960.
Michael DE CASTRO was arrested and charged with one count of Money Laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25A, a third degree crime. De Castro is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.