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Narcotics investigation in Somerset and Hunterdon counties leads to 5 arrests

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A narcotics investigation in South Bound Brook in Somerset County and Annandale in Hunterdon County has led to the arrest of five individuals, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force along with members of the Hackensack Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service were conducting a narcotic investigation into suspicious packages being shipped from California to South Bound Brook and Annandale. In May of 2020, Victor I. Chihimie, 22, of South Bound Brook was stopped by members of the Hackensack Police Department for a traffic violation and found to be in possession of a quantity of Marijuana and THC cartridges. A search of the vehicle revealed one five gallon black bucket containing three large clear plastic vacuum sealed bags containing Marijuana. Hackensack Police Department’s investigation revealed that Victor Chihimie was receiving multiple suspicious packages to a residence on Edgewood Terrace in South Bound Brook, Robertson said.

Authorities contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service to request assistance with the investigation. Their investigation revealed that since July of 2019, eighteen suspicious packages had been shipped from California to Edgewood Terrace in South Bound Brook. Subsequently two suspicious packages were intercepted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The second package was intended to be delivered to a residence on Perry Road in Annandale, NJ with a return address of the Edgewood Terrace residence in South Bound Brook, Robertson said.

The investigation revealed that since December of 2019, eight suspicious packages were mailed to the residence on Perry Road in Annandale, NJ. Bound Brook Police Department K-9 “Crusader” conducted an exterior sniff of the two suspicious packages intercepted and gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics. Subsequently, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force presented all the probable cause/evidence to the Somerset County Superior Court. As a result, two Anticipatory Search Warrants were applied for and granted for the two suspicious packages as well as the residences on Edgewood Terrace and Perry Road, Robertson said.

On June 8, 2020 agents with the United States Postal Inspection Service along with Investigator’s assigned to the investigation determined that Victor I. Chihimie retrieved a package on Edgewood Terrace in South Bound Brook while Angelo D. Hinojsa, 20, of Annandale retrieved a package from Perry Road in Annandale. Task Force members, along with the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Team, Clinton Township Police Department, South Bound Brook Police Department, Bound Brook Police Department and Hackensack Police Department executed the Superior Court search warrants at the residences at Edgewood Terrace and Perry Road, Robertson said.

Subsequent to executing the Superior Court search warrant at Edgewood Terrace, Victor I. Chihimie, Jahden I. Chihimie, 19, of South Bound Brook, Madisson R. Holloway, 22, of South Bound Brook and Kyle S. Gordon, 22, of South Bound Brook were located inside the residence on Edgewood Terrace in South Bound Brook and were subsequently arrested without incident. As a result of searching the residence, approximately thirteen pounds of CDS Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately $3,5620.00 in United States currency was seized from the residence, Robertson said.

The Superior Court search warrant executed at Perry Road resulted in Hinojosa being located inside the residence and subsequently arrested without incident. As a result of searching the residence, approximately five pounds of CDS Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately $1,968.00 in U.S. currency was seized from the residence, Robertson said.

The CDS Marijuana seized has an estimated street value of $47,000.00, Robertson said.

Victor I. Chihimie, Holloway and Jahden I. Chihimie were each charged with second-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in an amount over five pounds but less than twenty-five pounds, first-degree maintaining and/or operating a drug production facility, second-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, third-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, disorderly persons possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hinojosa was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in an amount over five pounds but less than twenty-five pounds, first-degree maintaining and/or operating a drug production facility and disorderly persons possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gordon was charged with disorderly person possession of marijuana under 50 grams and disorderly persons possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a first appearance court date.

Victor I. Chihimie, Jahden I. Chihimie, Holloway and Hinojosa were lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. The “STOP IT” app can also be utilized and used to submit any tips or further information. All calls/texts will be kept confidential.

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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