FREEHOLD – Investigators seized 10,000 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of as much as $100,000, as part of an undercover operation that culminated in the arrests of two New York City women, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Vikky V. Morel, 26, and Niudis Vazquez-Moncion, 34, both of the Bronx in New York City, were arrested Tuesday afternoon when they delivered the large quantity of heroin to undercover detectives in the parking lot of a supermarket on Route 36 in Keyport. Both women are charged with third degree Possession of Heroin and first degree Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute and are being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, in lieu of bail. Morel is being held on $325,000 bail, with no option to post 10 percent, and a required bail source hearing. Vazquez-Moncion is being held on $250,000 bail, with no option to post 10 percent, and a required bail source hearing. A bail source hearing is conducted at the request of the prosecutor or judge as a means to ensure that the funds used by a defendant to post bail were not acquired as a result of criminal or unlawful conduct.
“This is an important seizure and demonstrates that law enforcement is committed to doing all we can to stop the flow of this deadly drug into Monmouth County. The arrests of these two defendants should serve as a deterrent to others who think they are going to peddle heroin on our streets.” Gramiccioni said.
The arrests were made following a joint two-week undercover operation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Keyport Police Department after it was learned a new York City-based heroin distribution organization was interested in extending its network into Monmouth County. The undercover operation led to an arrangement between the officers, Morel and Vazquez-Moncion, for the delivery of the drugs.
If convicted of Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, the women each face a sentence of up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison. If convicted of Possession of Heroin, they each face a sentence of three to five years in state prison.