TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: NOVEMBER 26, 2019
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of GREGORY ALBA-MATA (DOB: 04/02/81; single; Uber driver) of 11 8th Avenue, Passaic, NJ. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On Monday November 25, 2019, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Subaru Tribeca on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Saddle Brook. During the stop, it was determined that GREGORY ALBA-MATA was in possession of a Pennsylvania driver’s license with his photo and the personal identifying information of another individual. A search of the vehicle revealed an electronically operated aftermarket hidden compartment in the rear floor. A subsequent search of GREGORY ALBA-MATA’s apartment in Passaic, NJ revealed over two pounds of black tar heroin, approximately four pounds of powder heroin, several hundred fentanyl pills, over five ounces of cocaine, a kilo press, and packaging material consistent with a heroin mill.
GREGORY ALBA-MATA was arrested in Saddle Brook, NJ and charged with one count of Maintaining A Drug Production Facility, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4, a 1st degree crime; two counts of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute Heroin And Cocaine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a 1st degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute Oxycodone, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(4), a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Identity Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17a(4), a 4th degree crime. GREGORY ALBA-MATA was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on November 26, 2019.
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 would like to thank the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.