Morris County Narcotics Task Force Arrest & Seizure of Fentanyl
Published on May 25, 2021
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker and Wharton Borough Police Chief David Young announce the arrest of Luis Reyes-Rosario by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force and the Wharton Borough Police Department.
On May 25, 2021, members of the Narcotics Task Force and the Wharton Borough Police Department conducted an operation resulting in the arrest of Reyes-Rosario and the seizure of one (1) kilogram of Fentanyl.
Luis Reyes-Rosario, age 30, of Paterson, NJ, was charged with:
- Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (kilogram of fentanyl), in violation of 2C:35-5A(1)B(4), a crime of the second degree.
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), in violation of 2C:35-5A(1)B(4), a crime of the second degree.
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl) illegally obtained, in violation of 2C:35-10A, a crime of the third degree.
- Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), in a quantity greater than one ounce, in violation of 2C:5-2A(1)/2C:35-5A(1)B(4), a crime of the second degree.
Acting Prosecutor Carroll said, “Thanks to the work of our Narcotics Task Force and our collaboration with the Wharton Borough Police Department, a significant amount of poisonous fentanyl was taken out of the distribution chain. This is an important seizure since, tragically, we know that numerous overdoses each year are the result of individuals ingesting fentanyl that has been mixed with other illegal narcotics, including heroin.”
This investigation was conducted by the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, including lead investigators Detective J. Atoche (MCPO) and Task Force Officer R. Ornelas, who is assigned to the task force from the Wharton Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Fiorentino is representing the State in this prosecution.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.