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Paramus NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests of HENRY MARTINEZ-DIAZ (DOB: 11/9/1976; married; and Uber driver) and YANERY MARTINEZ (DOB: 9/12/1983; married; and unemployed) both of 486 East 29th Street, Paterson, NJ on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and endangering the welfare of a child. These arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On Monday, March 5, 2018, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Route 4 West in Paramus, NJ. A search of the vehicle revealed 5,750 bags of suspected heroin in an electronically operated aftermarket hidden compartment. Additionally, $1,021.00 believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity was also seized during the investigation. The vehicle was occupied by Henry MARTINEZ-DIAZ, Yanery MARTINEZ, and their one-year-old daughter.
This traffic stop occurred only four days after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office announced that detectives had conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2007 Jeep Cherokee in Hackensack and seized 3,250 bags heroin from its sole occupant, Ordanny GERMAN.
As a result of the investigation, Henry MARTINEZ-DIAZ and Yanery MARTINEZ were arrested and charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, namely heroin, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(2), a crime of the 2nd degree; and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2), a crime of the 2nd degree. Henry MARTINEZ-DIAZ and Yanery MARTINEZ appeared in Central Judicial Processing Court on March 6, 2018 and were released with conditions. The juvenile was turned over to the custody of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.