Morris County Narcotics Task Force Arrests Pair Attempting To Traffic 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Officer in Charge Anthony Smith of the Dover Police Department announce the arrest of two (2) interstate drug traffickers and the seizure of 15 kilograms of cocaine. On April 20, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (DETF), the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Dover Police Department received information that an individual was trafficking illegal narcotics through Morris County in a Ford F 350 pickup truck with an attached trailer.  During the evening of April 20, 2016, members of the Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop of the truck and trailer in Dover. Following the motor vehicle stop, 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine were located and seized from the trailer. Both occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and charged.

Fredy Lorenzo, 35, and Jennifer Vasquez, 28, both of Homestead, FL were all charged with the following:

  • One (1) count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One (1) count of second-degree Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One (1) count of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

Bail is currently set at $250,000, no 10% option, with a bail source hearing condition and a waiver of extradition imposed. On April 21, 2016, both individuals were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated: “In cooperation with our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force successfully interdicted a significant quantity of cocaine that was being transported through Morris County.  Law enforcement in this County will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to successfully detect, prosecute, and deter drug distributors from trafficking illegal narcotics in Morris County.”

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Dover Police Department, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the DEA, the New York Police Department, and the New York State Police.

The prosecution of this matter is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force) and is docketed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage.

Criminal complaints are merely accusations.  Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected].