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Texas man in $350,000 heroin bust jumps from Hackensack parking deck


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Members of a Bergen County drug task force seized a kilo of heroin and arrested three men, one of whom jumped 20 feet from a parking deck, landing on a car, outside a Hackensack apartment building.

The bust occurred just after midnight Friday during a $62,000 sale of raw heroin, which Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said had a street value of $350,000.

Members of Molinelli’s Narcotic Task Force quickly moved in and siezed Edwin Hernandez, 25, of downtown Manhattan ( above, middle ), and Paulino Vela-Garza, 50, of Laredo, TX (above, right), into custody, the prosecutor said.

The third man, 30-year-old Salvador Moreno-Rodriguez, also of Laredo ( above, left ), took off toward the rear of a nearby apartment building, then jumped off the parking deck, Molinelli said.

Moreno-Rodriguez was taken in custody to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries sustained during the flight and arrest, the prosecutor said.

Hernendez and Vela-Garza remained held on $200,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail.

Moreno-Rodriguez was being held on $250,000 in the county lockup.

All three are charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Moreno-Rodriguez also was charged with eluding.

Members of the task force — including detectives from the prosecutor’s office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and Hackensack police — began investigating the trio after undercover agents made contact with Hernandez about the purchase of “a large quantity of raw heroin,” Molinelli said.


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