TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: MARCH 11, 2020
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of FELIX A. MOREL (DOB: 01/09/1997; single; employed as a driving instructor) of 6 West 190th Street, Bronx, NY; and MIGUEL A. FERREIRA (DOB: 10/07/1994; single; construction worker) of 3056 Albany Crescent, Bronx, NY, on charges of Possession Of Heroin With Intent To Distribute and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotic Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Nissan Sentra operated by FELIX A. MOREL as it traveled south on River Road in Edgewater, NJ. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an electronically operated hidden compartment or “trap” in the vehicle’s dashboard, which contained approximately 1,400 glassine envelopes of heroin as well as over 4,000 empty glassine baggies ready for packaging. MOREL and the other occupant of the vehicle, MIGUEL A. FERREIRA, were arrested without incident.
FELIX A. MOREL and MIGUEL A. FERREIRA were each charged with one count of Possession With Intent To Distribute Heroin, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2), a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia With Intent To Distribute, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-3, a 4th degree crime. MOREL and FERREIRA were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending their first appearances in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.