First Degree Drug Arrest By The Morris County Narcotics Task Force

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MORRIS COUNTY —  Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll and Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker announce a first-degree drug arrest in Morristown, on Friday, January 6, for the distribution of over five ounces of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Taveras-Rodriguez, 26, Newark, was charged with the following:

  • Distribution of Heroin in a quantity of five ounces or more, in violation of 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the first degree
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin in a quantity of five ounces or more, in violation of N.J.S 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the second degree
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine in a quantity of five ounces or more, in violation of N.J.S 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the second degree
  • Possession of Heroin in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10a(1), a crime of the 3rd degree.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Imitation CDS, in violation of NJS 2C:35-11a, a crime of the third degree
  • Distribution of Imitation CDS, in violation of NJS 2C:35-11a, a crime of the third degree

Taveras-Rodriguez was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his first appearance in Superior Court.

Prosecutor Carroll wishes to thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to the Task Force: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Town of Boonton Police Department, Dover Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety, Morristown Bureau of Police, Randolph Police Department, and the Roxbury Police Department.

The investigation and prosecution are being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.