UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The New Jersey State Police have arrested two New York men and seized $10,000 worth heroin, $250 worth of marijuana, and more than $1,000 in cash during a traffic stop in Union Township, state police said.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, at 9:34 a.m., Trooper Willie Johnson stopped Raymond Mercado, 22, of Bronx for a traffic violation at milepost 12.2 westbound on Interstate 78, state police said.
During the stop, Tpr. Johnson discovered that Mercado and his passenger, Corey Sapp, 21, of Bronx were in possession of marijuana. After further investigation, troopers discovered 2,000 wax folds of heroin in a hidden compartment concealed within the vehicle, state police said.
Drug traffickers market their “brand” of drug by ink-stamping the outside of a wax fold with a unique image or phrase, state police said.
Mercado and Sapp were each charged with possession of CDS and possession of CDS with intent to distribute. Both were lodged in Hunterdon County jail pending a detention hearing, state police said.