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Traffic Stop in Teaneck Leads to the Arrest of 3 Men Transporting Money ,Weapons and Narcotics Derived from Criminal Activity in Bergen County

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Teaneck NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of KELVIN PEREZ (DOB: 6/23/1986; single; unemployed) of 10 Grafton Street, Lawrence, MA; JOSEPH ESPINAL (DOB: 12/20/1999; single; security guard) of 251 Andover Street, Lawrence, MA; and BRAYAN LEBRON (DOB: 5/18/1999; single; unemployed) of 134 Oxford Street, Lawrence, MA on drug related offenses. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

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On October 5, 2022, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that KELVIN PEREZ, JOSEPH ESPINAL and BRAYAN LEBRON were transporting bulk amounts of suspected narcotics, weapons, and money derived from criminal activity through Bergen County. During this investigation, a search was conducted on the defendants’ vehicle in Teaneck, NJ. which revealed over 5 ounces of suspected cocaine, two loaded handguns, one of which contained hollow nose bullets, and $25,515.00 in U.S. currency. PEREZ, ESPINAL, AND LEBRON were arrested at the scene of the search.

PEREZ, ESPINAL, and LEBRON were each charged with first-degree possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, namely cocaine, in a quantity greater than 5 ounces, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(1); two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1); two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1); two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon while possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1; third-degree money laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a; and fourth-degree possession of hollow nose bullets, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3f. The defendants were transported to the Bergen County Jail to await their first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.

Prosecutor Mark Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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