Friday, November 20th, 2015

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Dover Police Department Director Dominic Saldida have announced the arrest of a “high level” drug distributor involved in the distribution of significant quantities of cocaine in an around Dover.

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As a result of this joint investigation, more than 165 grams of cocaine, $4,800 in cash (drug distribution proceeds) and drug paraphernalia, including cutting agents, drug packaging materials, and digital scales were seized.

Over the past few months, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit received information concerning a high level of cocaine distribution in and around Dover. During the evening of Nov. 18, detectives from the Narcotics Task Force and Dover Police Department conducted an undercover investigation.

It resulted in the seizure of contraband and the arrest of Norma Elena Luna-Arrieta,  41, of Dover, who was charged with the following:

  • 1 count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • 1 count of second-degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).
  • 1 count of second-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • 1 count of second-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a park zone (cocaine).
  • 1 count of third-degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).
  • 1 count of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • 3 counts of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

The street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $16,500.

Luna-Arrieta’s bail was set by Municipal Court Judge Gerard Smith at $200,000, with no 10 percent option. The defendant was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

“Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit continue to cultivate intelligence and work collaboratively with local law enforcement to infiltrate drug distribution networks and disrupt the flow of narcotics entering Morris County,” said Prosecutor Knapp.  “The success of our efforts is the direct result of partnerships and criminal intelligence sharing between members of the Narcotics Task Force and our municipal partners.”

In addition to the Narcotics Task Force and Dover Police, Prosecutor Knapp lauded the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit for its efforts in the matter.

 

Inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]