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Heroin distribution ring dismantled as a result of Operation “X Out”

Somerville, NJ

Post Date:04/30/2019 4:00 PM

April 30, 2019- NEWS RELEASE

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Franklin Police Department Chief of Police Richard Grammar, Edison Police Department Chief of Police Thomas Bryan, New Brunswick Police Department Director Anthony Caputo and Bound Brook Police Department Chief of Police Vito Bet announced the arrests of Xavier Bailey, aka “X”, age 29 of Village Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, Viridiana Munoz, age 30 of Village Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, Derrick Johnson, age 30 of Lyon Lane, Franklin Park New Jersey, Harold Lagrone, age 67 of Roberts Road, Somerset, New Jersey, and Titus Peters, Sr., age 49 of Roberts Road, Somerset,  New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that the above-individuals were arrested following a three-month investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Somerset/Middlesex County area and were charged with the following offenses:

      1. Xavier Bailey – 1st degree Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, 1st degree Promoting Organized Street Crime, 2nd degree Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree  Endangering Welfare of a Child, 1st degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, 3rd degree Money Laundering, 3rd degree Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

     2. Viridiana Munoz – 2nd degree Endangering Welfare of a Child, 2nd degree Possession of a Firearm, 1st degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, 3rd degree Money Laundering,  3rd degree Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance.     

     3. Derrick Johnson – Two counts of 3rd degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute and 3rd degree Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

     4. Harold Lagrone – 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

     5. Titus Peters, Sr. – 3rd degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute and 3rd degree Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess a Controlled Dangerous.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of this comprehensive investigation, detectives executed five (5) Superior Court-issued search warrants to include the residences of Xavier Bailey, Titus Peters, Sr. and Derrick Johnson, which culminated in the seizure of approximately ten thousand and twenty-six (10,026) wax folds of heroin, approximately half a pound of marijuana, a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P handgun, four (4) motor vehicles, one (1) motorcycle, and nine thousand three hundred and sixty-one dollars ($9,361.00) in U.S. currency of suspected drug proceeds.

The heroin seized has an estimated street value of $50,130 dollars and the marijuana seized has an estimated street value of approximately $2,000 dollars. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that aside from the previously mentioned law enforcement agencies, the success of this operation would not have been possible without the active support and cooperation from the Somerset County SWAT team, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit, the New Brunswick Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Edison Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Bound Brook Police Department K-9 Unit.

Prosecutor Robertson and Chief Fodor request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or via the STOPit app. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County. This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime. The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County.  The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: “SOMERSETNJ”. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

 Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Somerset County Prosecutors Office

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