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Three men arrested as investigators bust cocaine ring

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Three more drug dealers are on the streets of New Jersey as Somerset County prosecutors announced the conclusion of a four-month investigation into cocaine distribution in the community.

Through their investigative work, the Somerset County District Attorney’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force seized nearly 172 grams of cocaine (six ounces) which they say has an estimated street value of $10,320.00.

The three men arrested for trafficking cocaine are Christian Duarte, 44, Fernando Villa, 35, and David Hernandez-Garcia, 22, all of whom reside on Elizabeth Street in South Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Duarte turned out to be the ringleader of this particular cocaine distribution operation and when the task force was investigating his theft and trafficking from a nearby residence, they spotted him halfway through and then tracked him down. placed under arrest.

(Courtesy of the Somerset County Attorney‘s Office)

Christian Duarte. (Courtesy of the Somerset County Attorney’s Office)

They found him in possession of 101 grams of cocaine (about 3.5 ounces) at the time and that was enough to help the task force detectives obtain a Superior Court-ordered search warrant for the residence where they found the rest of the cocaine and packaging. material with the help of the Somerset County Sheriff‘s Office K-9 Unit.

Authorities also learned that David Hernandez-Garcia and Fernando Villa also lived there.

Hernandez-Garcia was arrested at that time without incident for his role in distributing cocaine while Fernando Villa, who was not present at the time, was later found along Main Street where he was was also arrested without incident.

Duarte is charged with 1 count of 1st degree CDS distribution (cocaine), 2 counts of 2nd degree CDS distribution (cocaine), 2 counts of 2nd degree CDS distribution (cocaine) within 500 feet of a public park and 2 counts of 3rd degree Distributing CDS (cocaine) within 1000 feet of a school zone.

Villa is charged with one count of 2nd degree possession of CDS (cocaine) with intent to distribute and one count of 4th degree possession of drug paraphernalia.

(Courtesy of the Somerset County Attorney’s Office)

Ferdinand Villa. (Courtesy of the Somerset County Attorney’s Office)

Hernandez-Garcia is charged with one count of 3rd degree possession of CDS (cocaine).

Somerset County Prosecutor John McDonald said Duarte and Villa were held in Somerset County Jail pending a custody hearing while Hernandez-Garcia was released on his own recognizance, pending a court appearance. the tribunal.

District Attorney McDonald and County Chief of Detectives John Fodor are asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact the Somerset County District Attorney‘s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force at (908) 575- 3300.

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