DEA Task Force Arrests 1 and Seizes 4 1/2
pounds of Heroin
Special Agent in Charge Michael Pasterchick, Jr., of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that the DEA Task Force had arrested 1 Colombian national and seized 4 1/2 pounds of heroin along with approximately $120,000.00 in cash, and freezes 5 bank accounts worth $150,000.00
During a federal money laundering investigation, the DEA Task Force encountered and dismantled a clandestine heroin re-packing Mill controlled by Rosenbert Osorio at the location at 39 Webster Ave., Apt.F-2, Ridgefield Park, NJ. The heroin re-packing mill contained steel presses, packing material, and drug paraphernalia. Further, several money counters along with approximately $120,000.00 was seized at the location
Arrested on 12-13-2005, was the following defendant:
During the task force investigation, information revealed that Rosenbert Osorio was in charge of a money laundering organization operating in and throughout the northern New Jersey area. Additionally, Rosenbert Osorio set up a heroin re-packing mill in a residential area to blend in with the community. Rosenbert Osorio is facing federal distribution of heroin and conspiracy charges.
SAC Pasterchick credited the cooperation of all the Task Force agencies involved in this most important investigation. SAC Pasterchick stressed that “the cooperation between agencies is paramount to the successes that we have here at the DEA.”
The DEA Task Force is comprised of the following agencies: DEA, Paterson Police Department, Newark Police Department, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Sheriffs Office, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Kearny Police Department, Bayonne Police Department, East Orange Police Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Sheriffs Department, Elizabeth Police Department, and Jersey City Police Department.
The investigation is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey headed by U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie. Dennis Carpetta is the Assistant United States Attorney who will represent the Government.
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 the U.S. Constitution and federal law.The complaint charges the defendant with distribution. If convicted the defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a statutory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a $4. million dollar fine.