Two Men Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Heroin after Seizure of 20 Kilograms of Heroin from Mill in Paterson
NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) Two men will make their initial court appearances today after being arrested and charged in connection with a drug distribution conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Luis Cepeda-Capellan, 25 of Paterson, New Jersey, and Isidro Fernandez, 32, of New York, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin. They are scheduled to appear this afternoon by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
During an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF), law enforcement officers learned that Fernandez purchased significant quantities of items associated with the illegal manufacture and distribution of narcotics, including thousands of glassine bags, strainers, sifters, and scales. On Feb. 25, 2021, law enforcement officers observed Fernandez receive boxes of items consistent with those used to transport drug paraphernalia, such as large quantities of glassine bags, in New York. After obtaining the boxes, Fernandez traveled into New Jersey and delivered these boxes to an individual who brought them to Cepeda-Capellan’s residence.