Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

October 27, 2016

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

DEA Seizes 25 Kilograms Of Heroin And Eight Kilograms Of Cocaine In Newark

NEWARK, N.J. - - Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division and Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced a Newark man was charged today with possession with intent to distribute large amounts of heroin and cocaine.

Wilfredo Rodriguez Escobar, 52, was charged by complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 25 kilograms of heroin and approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark Federal Court and was detained without bail.

On Oct. 26, 2016, members of a DEA Task Force group arrested Rodriguez Escobar at his apartment after finding, pursuant to a search, a hidden compartment under a bed that contained the heroin, cocaine, more than $300,000 in cash and a firearm.

The drug charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life, and a $10 million fine.

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