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Netcong police find $1M worth of drugs hidden in onion shipment

NETCONG, NJ (Morris County) – Two California drug traffickers were arrested after authorities seized approximately 10 kilograms of suspected heroin, 10 kilograms of suspected cocaine, and $103,180 in United States currency during a traffic stop in Netcong, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Chief James Blesson of the Netcong Borough Police Department.

Vantwuan D. Williams, 44, of Victorville was charged with the first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity, by transporting over $75,000 of United State currency believed to be derived from criminal activity, third-degree possession of heroin, third-degree possession of cocaine and hindering apprehension by giving a false name to law enforcement.

Earl Haggens, 57, of Los Angeles, California, the passenger, was charged with first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity by transporting over $75,000 of United State currency believed to be derived from criminal activity, possession of heroin and third-degree possession of cocaine.

On Tuesday evening, a Netcong Police Officer conducted a stop of a tractor-trailer for a motor vehicle violation that occurred on Main Street in Netcong Borough.

During this motor vehicle stop, after the officer was presented with multiple false names by Williams, law enforcement developed probable cause that the occupants of the vehicle were transporting illegal narcotics.

A search of the trailer revealed a bulk quantity of heroin and cocaine hidden among a cargo shipment of onions in the trailer. Police also located $103,180 in the tractor, which is believed to be proceeds of drug trafficking.

The total street value of the seized narcotics is in excess of one million dollars.

Williams and Haggens were both lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his first appearance.

“Police successfully interdicted a significant quantity of drugs with this investigation. This seizure literally amounts to removing thousands of potential lethal doses of poison from our community, ” Knapp said.

Prosecutor Knapp thanked the efforts of the Netcong Police officer that commenced the investigation and the entire Netcong Borough Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit, which assisted at the scene.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook