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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey
Philip R. Sellinger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 9, 2024

4 Bergen County People Charged for Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization

NEWARK, N.J. – Four Bergen County, New Jersey, residents were arrested for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin in Newark, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Ernesto Adon Martinez, 38, Luis Arismedy Gomez Torres, 28, and Deury Luis Gomez Torres, 25, all of Fort Lee, New Jersey, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin. Jenny Desiree Rosario-Lorenzo, 28, also of Fort Lee, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine and aiding and abetting the same.

Three defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court on May 8, 2024, and were detained. Deury Gomez Torres remains at large.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The defendants are members and associates of a drug trafficking organization that dealt fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin in and around Fort Lee and New York. The organization is affiliated with the Trinitarios street gang. The investigation revealed that the drug trafficking organization distributed in excess of 400 grams of fentanyl and more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

The fentanyl and methamphetamine conspiracy count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  The heroin conspiracy and drug possession counts each carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Ortiz in Newark; U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, under the direction of Port Director TenaVel Thomas; Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), under the direction of Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ross A. Marchetti; the Fort Lee Police department, under the direction of Chief Matthew J. Hintze; the New York City Police Department, under the direction of Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban; and the Belleville Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Minichini, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Goldberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



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