They were a posse of dealers dishing out high stakes drugs and after a four-month investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force, no more. They arrested the four men and one woman, charging them with a slew of narcotics offenses.
Rayfeal Roman, age 31, of Jersey City; Johnathan Montalvo, age 30, of Jersey City; and Jessica Hoang, age 29, of West New York, were arrested on Wednesday in Jersey City. Jose Roman, 35, of Bayonne and Joseph Marin, 35, of Jersey City, were arrested Thursday.
According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Roman was the alleged ring leader of a Hudson County narcotics trafficking network that distributed large quantities of cocaine and marijuana.
The 31-year-old supplied the controlled dangerous substances to others who were involved in the distribution of CDS, as well as utilizing a swanky high-rise condo complex in downtown Jersey City to distribute the CDS.
Roman has been charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS; conspiracy to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering.
On February 5 Roman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana, which stemmed from an unrelated incident on July 24, 2017. His sentencing on that matter is scheduled for April 6, 2018.
Montalvo was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS; possession with intent to distribute CDS within 1,000 feet of a school; possession with intent to distribute CDS within 500 feet of a public park; conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of a prescription legend drug.
Hoang was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Jose Roman was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Joseph Marin was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. In addition to the arrests, officers seized approximately 2,500 grams of cocaine, more than $89,000 and 14 pounds of high-grade marijuana, with the street value of all the narcotics seized valued at more than $160,000.
If convicted of the first-degree crime of being a leader of a narcotics trafficking network, Roman faces life imprisonment with 25 years of parole ineligibility.
Suarez praised the NTF Officers and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for assisting in the searches and arrests.
The Prosecutor’s Task Force is actively investigating this case and urges anyone with information to call them at 201-915-1234.