Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella has announced the arrest of 50-year old Mervin Menier of 314 3rd Street in Union City on drug and weapon offenses. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.
According to Musella, on October 18, 2022, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that Menier was transporting bulk shipments of narcotics through Bergen County. During the investigation, a search was conducted on his vehicle in Carlstadt. That search revealed a sophisticated, electronically operated hidden compartment that was discovered in the rear floor of Meiner’s vehicle which contained an AK-47 style assault rifle, multiple high-capacity magazines for the assault rifle, numerous boxes of ammunition, and approximately one-half kilo of cocaine.
Menier was arrested at the scene of the search and charged with first-degree possession of over 5 ounces of cocaine with the intent to distribute; second-degree possession of an assault rifle; second-degree possession of a firearm during a CDS offense; second-degree certain persons not to have weapons; and fourth-degree possession of high capacity magazines.
He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. Prosecutor Musella says that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Musella thanked Homeland Security Investigations – Newark Division, the Bayonne Police Department, and the Union City Police Department for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.