Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Officer in Charge Anthony Smith of the Dover Police Department today announced the arrest of two interstate drug traffickers and the seizure of 15 kilograms of cocaine.

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On Wednesday (April 20), the federal Drug Enforcement Dover policeAdministration’s (DEA) New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (DETF), the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Dover Police Department received information that an individual was trafficking illegal narcotics through Morris County in a Ford F 350 pickup truck with an attached trailer.

On Wednesday evening, members of the Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop of the truck and trailer in Dover. Following the motor vehicle stop, 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine were located and seized from the trailer. Both occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and charged.

Fredy Lorenzo, 35, and Jennifer Vasquez, 28, both of Homestead, Florida, were charged with the following:

  • One count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One count of second-degree Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One count of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

Bail is set at $250,000, with no 10 percent, and a waiver of extradition imposed. Both individuals have  been lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

Fredric M. Knapp

Fredric M. Knapp

“In cooperation with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force successfully interdicted a significant quantity of cocaine that was being transported through Morris County,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

“Law enforcement in this county will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to successfully detect, prosecute, and deter drug distributors from trafficking illegal narcotics in Morris County.”

Prosecutor Knapp wishes thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Dover Police Department, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the DEA, the New York Police Department, and the New York State Police, for their efforts in this matter.

The prosecution is being handled by Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan of the Prosecutor’s Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force).

Any inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected].

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