Prosecutor: Arrest of Jersey City drug traffickers leads to $125k in drugs seized

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force recently arrested five men involved with a narcotics trafficking network, seizing $125,000 worth of drugs, Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office arrested five and seized $125,000 worth of drugs. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office arrested five and seized $125,000 worth of drugs. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Francis DonMartin, 39, of Jersey City, Frederick Mable, 37, of Jersey City, Bruce Taylor, 37, of Roselle and Willie Montgomery, age 54, of Jersey City, were arrested on June 30th, while Khalil Caldwell, 24, of East Orange, was arrested on June 19, officials said.

The arrests came after a three-month investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s NTF.

During the investigation, detectives determined that DonMartin was an alleged organizational leader of a narcotics trafficking network operating in Jersey City that distributed large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

DonMartin allegedly supplied controlled dangerous substances to other individuals who were involved in the distribution of CDS, as well as utilizing a storefront to distribute narcotics.

Furthermore, Taylor is currently on parole after being recently released from state prison where he served approximately 18 years for an aggravated manslaughter conviction, while Mable is currently on probation.

In addition to the arrests, officers seized approximately 635 grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl, more than 7,600 capsules containing suspected heroin, approximately 350 bags of suspected heroin, approximately 580 grams of suspected cocaine, approximately 190 vials of suspected cocaine, and more than four pounds of suspected high-grade marijuana, police said.

The street value of the total quantity of narcotics seized is approximately $125,000.

Additionally, one vehicle, a stolen CPX 9mm handgun and approximately $20,000 in cash were seized.

DonMartin was charged with leader of a narcotics trafficking network, maintaining or operating a drug manufacturing facility for heroin, maintaining or operating a drug manufacturing facility for cocaine, maintaining a fortified structure for distribution of CDS, six counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS, six counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS while within 1,000 feet of a school, conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense, certain person not to possess a firearm, receiving stolen property (a firearm), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, money laundering and two counts of resisting arrest.

Additionally, Mable was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, while Taylor was charged with the same.

Meanwhile, Montgomery was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and concealing physical evidence.

Finally, Caldwell was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine while within 1,000 feet of a school.

If convicted of the first-degree crime of being a Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, DonMartin faces life imprisonment with 25 years of parole ineligibility.

In addition to the NTF Officers, Suarez credited the Jersey City Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the New Jersey State Parole Board for assisting with the searches and arrests.

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