Two Jersey City men busted with a kilo of heroin with an $85k street value, officials say

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Two Jersey City men were busted with a kilogram of heroin with an estimated street value of about $85,000 as part of an investigation by a county narcotics task force, officials said.

Rony Santana Reyes and Ronaldo Mercedes. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, shortly after 6:30 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Narcotics Task Force arrested two Jersey City men for the possession and distribution of heroin in Jersey City following an investigation, according to Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

NTF Officers arrested Rony Santana Reyes, 30, and Ronaldo Mercedes, 24, both of Jersey City, on charges including possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and
possession with the intent to distribute heroin within 500 feet of public property, police said.

Mercedes and Santana Reyes were arrested on Clinton Avenue after they were found
to be in possession of a kilogram of heroin. The street value of the heroin seized is approximately $85,000, officials said.

Specifically, Mercedes was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, conspiracy to possess a controlled
dangerous substance with intent to distribute and resisting arrest/eluding.

Meanwhile, Santana Reyes was charged with a nearly identical set of crimes, though he was arrested without incident, so he did not face any charges for resisting arrest or eluding.

Following their arrests, the defendants were transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending their first appearance.

The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion for pretrial detention of the defendants. Their hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th.

Suarez credited members of the Narcotics Task Force with the investigation and arrests.

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