FRANKLIN (Somerset County) – With an assist from the US Postal Inspection Service, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office arrested two men and charged them with drug offenses, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Cocaine with an estimated street value of $50,000 was also seized, authorities said.
Jorge Diaz, 32, and Grethel Guevara, 29, of Hillcrest Avenue, Somerset, are each charged with Possession of a CDS (cocaine over 5 ounces) with Intent to Distribute (1st Degree), Possession of CDS Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a public park (2nd degree) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons), according to Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill.
They were taken to the Somerset County Jail in Somerville pending a detention hearing.
According to Robertson and United States Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge, James Buthorn, the investigation into suspicious parcels being mailed to a Hillcrest Avenue residence in Franklin Township began on Sept. 11.
Investigators seized one of the packages which was subjected to a "sniff" test by Somerset County Sheriff's Office K9 "Basilone." The dog indicated a positive result for the presence of narcotics.
On Sept. 14, investigators applied for, and were granted, a Superior Court anticipatory search warrant for the package and the Hillcrest Avenue residence. Subsequently, members of the United States Postal Inspection Service as well as members of the Somerset County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force determined that Diaz received the suspicious parcel.
The Superior Court search warrant was executed on the residence; Diaz and Guevara were there. The search yielded about a half a kilogram (507 grams) of cocaine and various drug paraphernalia.
Robertson asks anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app.