Bayonne couple arrested; liquid cocaine and cash seized

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

On March 20, 2018, following a short investigation, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations arrested two Bayonne residents for the possession and distribution of liquid cocaine in Bayonne.

Task Force Officers arrested Yasira Reyes-Santana, age 32, and Melvin Alcantara-Dominguez, age 31, of Lexington Avenue in Bayonne on various charges involving the possession of liquid cocaine with the intent to distribute and money laundering.

Reyes-Santana and Alcantara-Dominguez were arrested after a search of their residence led to the recovery of approximately 1000 grams of liquid cocaine and more than $65,000 in U.S. currency. The street value of the total quantity of cocaine seized is approximately $70,000.

Reyes-Santana and Alcantara-Dominguez were each charged with the following: Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5a and 2C:35-5b; Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine) while within 500 feet of Certain Public Property in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-7.1; Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5 and N.J.S. 2C:5-2; and Money Laundering in violation of N.J.S. 2C:21-25.

Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Bayonne Police Department for assisting with the arrests.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).

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