Cops: Heroin, coke probe uncovers trail between Ocean & Hudson
Six suspects are charged, three are jailed, and an alleged Hudson-Ocean County drug connection surfaces following Thursday raids in both locales.
Luis Quintana, 38, of Jersey City, formerly of Ocean County; Derek Simone, 32, and Kyle Pianetti, 24, of Lacey Township; and Travis Hill, 26, of Bayville, face a raft of charges in the aftermath of raids in Lacey and Jersey City, according to the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
Quintana, Simone and Hill were placed in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. Bail was set at $105,000 for Quintana, $50,000 for Simone, and $20,000 for Hill.
Pianetti was released on a summons, along with Colleen Marie, 54, of Lanoka Harbor, and Esther Lopez, 36, of Jersey City.
Detectives from both County Prosecutors' offices and Lacey Township police carried out no-knock warrants at a Jersey City apartment and a Sinclair Avenue house in Lacey's Lanoka Harbor section on November 3. They also identified, searched and seized a 2014 Ford Mustang driven by Quintana.
Authorities said that Marie was found in the Lanoka house with Simone, Pianetti, Hill, and that Lopez was in the Jersey City apartment with Quintana.
About 350 total doses of heroin were seized in both locations, along with roughly 50 grams of cocaine and $3,800 cash in Jersey City. Investigators suspect that about $4,000 in a bank account used by Quintana consists of drug proceeds.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless,and until, found guilty in a court of law.