Henry A. Cruz Ventura, 40, of Los Angeles, Calif., was sentenced to 10 years in state prison on Friday, June 23, by Superior Court Judge H. Matthew Curry in Warren County. He pleaded guilty on May 5 to a charge of first-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Ventura had been held in the Warren County Jail since his arrest on Aug. 23, 2016, with bail set at $250,000.
Ventura was arrested on Aug. 23, 2016, after a member of the State Police Mobile Safe Freight Unit stopped his tractor-trailer on I-78 in Greenwich Township to conduct a routine commercial vehicle safety inspection.
Trooper James Agens, who made the stop, noted suspicious behavior by Ventura and irregularities with respect to the tractor-trailer and its cargo. Trooper Agens and Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Mistretta, who responded to assist, had the rig moved to the Greenwich Weigh Station, where they obtained consent to search it. When they opened four boxes that were inconsistent with the legitimate cargo listed in the shipping manifest, they found 64 kilograms of heroin and 10 kilograms of cocaine.