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DEA seizes more than 20 kilos of fentanyl from men at Hunterdon County rest stop

BLOOMSBURY, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Two men face drug conspiracy charges after they were found Saturday at a rest stop in Hunterdon County with more than 20 kilograms of fentanyl and 5 kilograms of heroin, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Luis Aponte, 48, of Hesperia, California, and Denny Diaz, 29, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were charged with one count conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl. They appeared on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Dickson in Newark federal court. Both were detained without bail.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Aponte allegedly drove a truck to a rest stop in Bloomsbury, on March 1. The next day, he and Diaz met in a car and, once inside, Aponte gave Diaz approximately seven kilograms of fentanyl.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested the two men and searched Aponte’s truck. They found an additional 13 kilograms of fentanyl and five kilograms of heroin inside.

The count with which the defendants are charged carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million. 

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook