2 charged, $20K in heroin, cocaine seized in Morris County drug bust

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two Morris County residents are facing numerous drug charges including first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and second-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher and Chief Conrad Pepperman of the Rockaway Borough Police Department.

During the summer of 2017, members of the Mount Olive Police Department Detective Bureau obtained information concerning an individual in Morris County distributing a large volume of heroin, Knapp said.

Based on that information, a joint investigation was initiated by Mount Olive Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, Knapp said.

The investigation culminated Thursday when investigators seized approximately seven ounces of cocaine and 2,450 dosages (individual folds) of heroin. The estimated street value of the illegal drugs seized is in excess of $20,500, Knapp said.

Jose Miguel Majia, 48, and Ines Maria Ribera-Rodiguez, 58, both of Rockaway Township, were each charged with one count of first-degree possession of a cocaine with the Intent to distribute, one count of second-degree possession of heroin with the Intent to distribute, one count of second-degree possession of cocaine with the Intent to distribute, two counts of third-degree Possession of cocaine and one count of third-degree possession of heroin.

Majia and Ribera-Rodriquez were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “This investigation targeted individuals responsible for importing and distributing a steady supply of heroin in Morris County. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and its Narcotics Task Force partners will continue to combat the opiate epidemic through enforcement efforts targeting for profit drug dealers. Fortunately we removed from our community over 2,000 dosages of heroin with these arrests.”

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