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News Release
December 3, 2004

For further information contact:
Special Agent Douglas S. Collier
Public Information Officer
TEL: (973) 273-5095
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DEA and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Arrests 4 and Seizes 9 pounds of Cocaine, 7 pounds of Marijuana along with 30 Caliber Assault Rifle, Sawed Off 12 gauge Shot Gun, and 38 Revolver

Special Agent in Charge Michael Pasterchick, Jr., of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella announced today that the DEA Atlantic City Resident Office and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office arrested 4 defendants and seized the following: 9 pounds of cocaine, 7 pounds of marijuana, 3 weapons, two vehicles, and currency. Coordinated efforts from various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout southern New Jersey dismantled this violent drug organization.

During this 1 year investigation, information revealed that Oswald Javier Aceves wanted to start supplying the southern New Jersey area with large amounts cocaine and marijuana. In February 2004, undercover law enforcement officers purchased cocaine from Aceves. Several negotiations were made between undercover law enforcement officers and Aceves and a delivery of cocaine and marijuana was scheduled.

On 12-02-2004, in Vineland, New Jersey, an undercover operation was initiated, in which law enforcement was waiting for the delivery of 3 kilo’s of cocaine and 8 pounds of marijuana from Aceves and his organization. Pursuant to previous negotiations by undercover agents, approximately $81,400 thousand dollars was to be exchanged for the drugs by law enforcement.

Once Aceves and his organization arrived in Vineland, NJ they displayed the drugs from the trunk of one of their vehicles. Soon after, Aceves and his organization were arrested without incident.

Arrested on 12-02-2004, were the following defendants:

1. Oswald Javier Aceves, 31, DOB: 04-17-73, 2010 C Ave., Atco, NJ
2. Gabrielle Esquivvel Corona, 31, DOB:01-19-73, 801 Laurel Ave., Hammonton, NJ
3. John Cortez, 31, DOB:08-28-83, 1519 Penrose Ave., Atlantic City, NJ
4. Eugenia Cintron, 36, DOB:12-30-67, 1519 Penrose Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

This investigation was a partnership spearheaded by DEA’s Atlantic City Resident Office, and the Cumberland County Narcotic’s Task Force, working together to attack drug traffickers and dismantle their organizations.

Paul G. Cronin Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the DEA Atlantic City Resident Office credited the cooperation of all the law enforcement agencies involved in this multi-agency investigation. RAC Cronin stressed that “the cooperation between agencies was paramount to its success”.

Prosecutor Casella stated that “this investigation represents how law enforcement works together for one goal, arresting and dismantling violent drug trafficking organizations. The arrests and seizure of these drugs and weapons will make a major impact on keeping our communities safe. I am very proud of the work of all of the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation”.

RAC Cronin and Prosecutor Casella praised the cooperation among the following agencies that made this investigation successful: Cumberland County Narcotics Task Force, Bridgeton Police Department, Vineland Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation is being prosecuted by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office headed by Ronald J. Casella. First Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth A. Pagliughi will be representing the case for the government in the prosecution of these defendants. The bail for Aceves, Corona, Cortez, and Cintron was set by the Honorable Jean McMasers at $ 100,000.00.

Notwithstanding the criminal Complaint, every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by federal and state law.

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