West New York, NJ – The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force has arrested a third person in connection with a months-long narcotics investigation in West New York. James Belardo, a United States Postal Service employee, was arrested on March 15, 2023, at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Secaucus. He has been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in a quantity greater than one-half ounce, a second-degree crime.
Belardo, age 41, of West New York, was released pending his first court appearance, which is tentatively scheduled for March 29, 2023. Two codefendants, Rowaldi Caceres, age 39, and Hilda Membreno, age 29, both of West New York, were previously arrested.
On February 26, 2023, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a court-authorized search warrant for an apartment shared by Caceres and Membreno. The subsequent search resulted in the recovery of more than one kilogram of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $35,000, a handgun, three large capacity magazines, and approximately $30,000, suspected proceeds from narcotics transactions. Caceres and Membreno were arrested at the scene.
The following day, a court-authorized search warrant of Caceres’ car was executed. The search resulted in the recovery of hollow point bullets and a second handgun. Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General with the investigation and arrest.
The above charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).