Police: Fugitive from justice busted in Guttenberg with drugs & fake driver’s license


A fugitive from justice was busted with prescription drugs, cocaine, a fake driver’s license, and more, during a traffic stop in Guttenberg, police said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 7:14 p.m., members of the Guttenberg Police Department’s Patrol Division conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2011 Toyota Scion for various traffic violations, according to Police Sgt. Aleksandar Ramadanovic.

During the motor vehicle stop, the driver identified himself as “Abimael Soto-Alicea” via a driver’s license from Puerto Rico.

During the course of their on-scene investigation, officers discovered that the driver was in possession of a defaced prescription pill bottle, which contained various prescription pills, a a bag of cocaine, and that his Virginia temporary tag was fraudulent.

At that time, he was placed under arrest for the possession of five or more prescription legend drugs in a defaced prescription pill bottle, tampering with public records or information, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

During the suspect’s arrest processing, officers uncovered that he had an active criminal warrant out of the State of New York. They were also able to find that Soto-Alicea had an associated alias as Elias Marte.

With this information, officers found that the name “Abimael Soto-Alicea” was in fact fictitious and that the Puerto Rico identification provided was fraudulent.

Having identified the man as Elias Marte, a subsequent warrant check found that he had two additional active criminal warrants out of Florida and South Dakota.

As the result of his arrest, in addition to the initial criminal charges, Marte was charged with exhibiting a false government document, possession of a false government document, hindering his own apprehension, failure to make lawful disposition, and three counts of being a fugitive from justice.

Upon the completion of his arrest processing, Marte was issued his complaint warrants and subsequently lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Center, police said.

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