Major Drug Bust in New Jersey: Vintage Cars and Cash Seized

Dec 15, 2023 1 min read
Major Drug Bust in New Jersey: Vintage Cars and Cash Seized

A suspect has been arrested.

A significant drug operation was disrupted in Essex County, New Jersey, leading to the arrest of Omar Rios, 44, from Nutley, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. In a coordinated raid by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force, investigators uncovered an extensive cache of cocaine, a substantial amount of cash, and an astonishing collection of vintage cars.

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The raid, which took place at Rios' Franklin Avenue apartment in Nutley and two additional stash locations in Nutley and Belleville, revealed more than just illegal substances. At Rios' residence, authorities found over 1.75 pounds of cocaine, $58,070 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales, along with various drug paraphernalia, including a hydraulic press used for packaging cocaine.

The investigation took an unexpected turn when authorities discovered "10 vintage exotic cars" in a garage on Watchung Avenue in Belleville. Estimated at a value of around $332,000, these vehicles are believed to be purchased with the profits from Rios' illicit activities. The cars represent a lavish lifestyle funded by the drug trade, showcasing the vast amount of money involved in these illegal operations.

Rios faces serious charges, including first-degree possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, operating a drug production facility, and money laundering. As of now, Rios awaits his court hearing while being held at the Bergen County Jail. The absence of available attorney information and the impending legal proceedings mark the start of a significant criminal case in New Jersey's fight against drug trafficking.

This arrest highlights the ongoing battle against drug-related crimes in the region, underscoring the hidden wealth and assets that often accompany such illegal enterprises. The seizure of the vintage cars serves as a stark reminder of the complex and often hidden nature of drug operations, blending into the fabric of local communities.

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