Having $125K in heroin, loaded gun, Was Released For Free Thanks To NJ Bail Reform
Essex County Sheriff’s detectives recovered $125,000 worth of heroin and a loaded gun from the Newark apartment of a reputed Crips street gang member Monday night. West Rodriguez, 40, was charged with a range of drug distribution and weapons offenses after the search, according to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, who described Rodriguez as a heroin distributor who peddled the drug to other dealers.
Narcotics detectives were watching an area near South 7th Street and 11th Avenue as part of an ongoing drug probe when they spotted Rodriguez leave his house with a plastic bag, officials said. Detectives knew Rodriguez from other investigations. Sheriff’s narcotics officers stopped Rodriguez when he drove away without wearing his seatbelt in a car that had illegally tinted windows, according to officials. Rodriguez tossed a plastic bag on the floor of the front passenger seat, causing 125 heroin-filled glassine envelopes to spill out in the stop.
Authorities said they also recovered approximately $380. After getting permission to search Rodriguez’s apartment, sheriff’s detectives also found a loaded .40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and 1,058 decks of heroin packaged in “bricks” for distribution.
West Rodriguez was released for free (on tax payers dollars) from Essex County Correction Facility on April 28, 2017 thanks to New Jersey Bail Reform that its selling point is: Lets Release Poor Criminals For Free Because They Cant Afford Their Bail. This selling point is silent on cost that it will be over $250 Million a year, a big burden to our law enforcement and judiciary system and most importantly endangering of the safety of our citizens.
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