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Mobile heroin mill linked to 15 suspected overdoses busted in New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ (Essex County) – New Jersey State Police have dismantled a mobile heroin processing mill and arrested a Union County man as a result of an investigation that led to the seizure of heroin stamped with brands that have been linked to four suspected fatal overdoses and 11 suspected non-fatal overdoses in New Jersey.

Marlon Lopez, 26, of Elizabeth was charged with maintaining a heroin production facility, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin and marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of CDS paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property. He was lodged at the Essex County Jail pending a detention hearing, state police said.

On March 29, detectives with the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit, which is comprised of State Police detectives and members of the Paramus Police Department, Warren Township Police Department, Bernards Township Police Department, Middletown Township Police Department, Westfield Township Police Department, and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice began investigating various motor vehicle crimes in the area of U.S. 1 and 9 in Newark, state police said.

While conducting an investigation at a hotel parking lot, detectives discovered a parked Dodge Durango with a fictitious New Jersey temporary license plate. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had an illegally modified vehicle identification number and was reported stolen out of Shrewsbury, N.J., state police said.

Through various investigative means, detectives linked the vehicle to Lopez, who was occupying a room at the hotel. A short time later, Lopez exited the room and entered the vehicle. At this time, detectives approached Lopez and arrested him without incident. At the time of his arrest, he was allegedly in possession of 14 grams of heroin, marijuana, and $2,630 cash, state police said.

Based on information garnered from the investigation, detectives determined that Lopez was operating a mobile heroin mill out of the hotel room and that he was able to quickly mobilize the entire operation from room to room and to different locations altogether. Later that same day, troopers along with members of the Opioid Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant at the hotel room. As a result of the search, detectives seized 145 bricks of heroin, 80 grams of raw heroin, 3 pounds of marijuana, narcotics packaging materials, and several different stamps used to brand packaged narcotics, state police said.

Drug traffickers market their “brand” of drug by ink-stamping the outside of a wax fold with a unique image, word, or phrase such as “Respect the Game,” and “Stay Still,” which are all examples of stamps that were recovered. The stamps “Respect the Game” and “Stay Still” have been linked to a total of two fatal overdoses, one each, in New Jersey. Detectives seized pre-packaged bricks of heroin stamped with the brands “Block Party” and “Dunkin Donuts,” which have also been linked to a total of two fatal overdoses, one each, in New Jersey, state police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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