Texas cousins accused of trafficking heroin in New Jersey
Two Texas cousins appeared in federal court Friday after federal investigators say they participated in a heroin drug deal in New Jersey earlier this year, according to the federal criminal complaints against them.
From Feb. 15, 2018 to May 20, 2018, Ramiro Rocha and Roberto Ramos allegedly facilitated and delivered approximately 200 grams of heroin to an unknown individual in Essex County, New Jersey.
In a recorded phone conversation, investigators say Rocha, who lives in Texas, agreed to send his “blood cousin” to deliver heroin to the individual in New Jersey.
On March 23, Ramos allegedly arrived in Newark, New Jersey, and delivered a bag containing 198.9 grams of heroin to the individual.
Four days later, the individual paid Ramos approximately $3,000 for the drugs, according to the criminal complaint.
According to the criminal complaint:
“After the March 23rd transaction, ROCHA and Individual-1 spoke again via telephone. During the course of those recorded conversations, which were recorded, ROCHA informed Individual-1 that he (ROCHA) could get approximately 2 kilograms of heroin to sell to Individual-1. In the initial planning stages, ROCHA once again offered to send RAMOS to deliver the heroin.”
Rocha and Ramos have been charged with distributing and possessing a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
The cousins are expected back in court for a preliminary detention hearing on May 31.
Attorneys representing Rocha and Ramos weren’t immediately available for comment Friday.