Kearny detectives recover $165k in valuables, 14.9 pounds of weed, 2 kilos of cocaine


Detectives from the Kearny Police Department recovered $165,000 in clothing and jewelry, 14.9 pounds of marijuana, over two kilograms of cocaine, and $1,500 cash after a four-month investigation, Police Chief George King announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

King announced the arrests of Javier Ortega, 40, of Newark, and Severiano Ybert Perez 42, of Bronx, NY, on burglary, theft and conspiracy charges.

The arrests are the result of a four-month cooperative investigation conducted by the Kearny Police Department Detective Bureau, under the direction of Deputy Chief Scott Macfie, and detectives from New Milford, North Bergen and Jersey City Police Departments.

On February 27th, the Kearny Police Department received a report of two residential burglaries to a multi-family house on Argyle Place.

The investigation connected the same four suspects to similar burglaries at a John F. Kennedy Boulevard address in North Bergen on February 22nd, a Berkeley Street address on New Milford on March 2nd, and a Garfield Avenue address in Jersey City on March 29th.

Ortega was arrested on June 30th and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first appearance at Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City.

Also on June 30th, in cooperation with detectives from the Office of the Bronx District Attorney, Kearny police detectives arrested Perez at his home before being remanded to the Rikers Island correctional facility pending extradition proceedings.

During simultaneous search warrants executed at Newark and Bronx addresses, detectives recovered jewelry, designer clothing, and accessories valued at $165,000; as well as 14.9 pounds of marijuana; over 2 kilograms of cocaine; and $1,500 cash.

Narcotics possession and intent to distribute charges were filed against Javier Ortega by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Warrant complaints have also been filed charging Alexis Gonzalez, 43, of Bronx, NY, with burglary and conspiracy to commit the aforementioned offenses. The investigation later identified Gonzalez as one of the two outstanding burglary suspects.

King thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Bronx District Attorney, Newark Police Emergency Services Unit, the Newark Real Time Crime Center, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

The investigation remains active and anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. John Fabula at 201-998-1313 ext. 2833 or

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