THREE PHILADELPHIA, PA MEN ARRESTED FOR WEAPONS OFFENSES
For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of VICTOR M. GARCIA-MORLA (DOB: 11/21/2001; single; unemployed) of 3305 Waterloo Street, Philadelphia, PA; CHELVIN M. CASTILLO-PAULA (DOB: 06/17/2002; single; unemployed) of 4611 Whitaker Ave, Philadelphia, PA; and ANTHONY L. MEDINA-SUAREZ (DOB: 11/21/2001; single; unemployed) of 2847 Disston Street, Philadelphia, PA for weapons offenses. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
On October 19, 2023, during a narcotics investigation, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle as it traveled through Bergen County, NJ. The investigation revealed that the passenger, VICTOR GARCIA-MORLA, was concealing a handgun in his waistband which was loaded with hollow-nose bullets. A search of the vehicle yielded a second handgun with hollow-nose bullets.
As a result of the investigation, both CHELVIN CASTILLO-PAULA and ANTHONY MEDINA-SUAREZ were arrested and charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1); and fourth-degree prohibited weapons (hollow nose bullets), N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3c(1). VICTOR GARCIA-MORLA was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1); and fourth-degree prohibited weapons (hollow nose bullets), N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3f(1). All three men were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending their first appearance 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, and he would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for its assistance in this investigation.