A pair of New York City women allegedly attempting to extend a heroin distribution network to the Bayshore were caught in a sting Tuesday set-up by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Keyport police, the prosecutor announced Friday evening.
Investigators seized 10,000 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of as much as $100,000 as a result of the arrests, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, announced in a prepared statement.
Vikky V. Morel, 26, and Niudis Vazquez-Moncion, 34, both of the Bronx in New York City, were arrested Tuesday afternoon when they delivered the the heroin to undercover detectives in the parking lot of a supermarket on Route 36 in Keyport.
“This is an important seizure and demonstrates that law enforcement is committed to doing all we can to stop the flow of this deadly drug into Monmouth County. The arrests of these two defendants should serve as a deterrent to others who think they are going to peddle heroin on our streets.” Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement.
Both women are charged with third degree heroin possession and first degree heroin possession with the intent to distrbute the drug. They are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold.
Morel is being held on $325,000 bail. Vazquez-Moncion is being held on $250,000 bail.
They will be required to undergo a bail-source hearing, which is conducted at the request of the prosecutor or judge to ensure that the funds used by a defendant to post bail were not acquired as a result of criminal or unlawful conduct
The arrests were made following a two-week long joint undercover operation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Keyport Police Department after it was learned a New York City-based heroin distribution organization was interested in extending its network into Monmouth County.
The undercover operation led to an arrangement between the officers, Morel and Vazquez-Moncion, for the delivery of the drugs.
If convicted of possession with intent to distribute, the women each face a sentence of up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison. If convicted of heroin possession, they each face a sentence of three to five years in state prison.