Prosecutor: Man busted with 400 grams of coke, $47k in cash in Union City

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A California man was busted with 400 grams of cocaine and $47,000 in cash while living in a temporary residence in Union City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Robert Castillo. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Robert Castillo. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On June 1, following a brief investigation, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force arrested a California man for the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and money laundering in Union City, Suarez said in a statement.

Roberto Castillo, 38, of Chula Vista, California, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in a quantity of five ounces or more, possession with intent to distribute cocaine while within 1,000 feet of a school and money laundering, authorities said.

Castillo was arrested at approximately 6:40 p.m. after a search of his vehicle and a temporary residence in Union City led to the recovery of about 400 grams of cocaine and more than $47,000 in United States currency, officials said.

The street value of the total quantity of narcotics seized is roughly $20,000.

In addition to the NTF Officers, Suarez credited the Jersey City Police Department and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for assisting with the arrest.