Press Release


For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2023

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOSE A. RESTREPO-VELEZ (DOB: 1/18/1974; married; unemployed) of 5B Sheridan Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ for distribution of controlled dangerous substances. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

On March 22, 2023, during a narcotics investigation, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force conducted a traffic stop of JOSE RESTREPO-VELEZ’s vehicle in Hackensack, NJ. During the traffic stop, a search was conducted on the vehicle and detectives located two kilograms of fentanyl and approximately one hundred grams of cocaine. Earlier in the month, JOSE RESTREPO-VELEZ distributed fifty grams of cocaine and one hundred grams of fentanyl to an undercover detective.

As a result of the investigation, JOSE RESTREPO-VELEZ was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree distribution of cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(1); second-degree distribution of cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); and second-degree distribution of fentanyl, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(4). RESTREPO-VELEZ 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 Hackensack Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.