A Jersey City man was busted with 148 glassine folds of heroin, cocaine, three firearms, and ammunition this summer, resulting in his indictment earlier this month, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Hector Gonzalez, 68, of Jersey City was indicted on October 5th on one count of possessing with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, one count of being a prior felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Carpenito said in a statement.
Gonzalez had been charged by criminal complaint back on October 24th, 2019. He appeared for his arraignment by videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Hammer and pleaded not guilty.
On June 22nd, 2019, Jersey City police officers executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s apartment and discovered three firearms, ammunition, 148 glassine folds of heroin, cocaine, and over $1,300.
The narcotics charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, while the felon-in-possession charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison.
Furthermore, the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison.
Carpenito credited members of the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and special agents and task force officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the FBI Newark Field Division, with the investigation leading to the indictment.