SOMERVILLE — Fifteen people have been arrested in a seven-month investigation into the distribution of heroin and the party drug “Molly” in Watchung and Franklin.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Raw Deal, resulted
in the seizure of $7,500 worth of heroin and $9,112 worth of Molly, the street
name for methylone, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said
Operation Raw Deal started in August after detectives
in the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task
Force received information that one of the defendants was selling Molly in
That led detectives to discovery that four defendants
were dealing heroin and Molly in Somerset County as well as Middlesex, Union,
Monmouth and Essex counties and Luzerne County in Pennsylvania.
The investigation first targeted Jakai Jones, 30, of
Keyport, who sold Molly to an undercover detective in Franklin, Soriano
Detectives than discovered that Jones was being
supplied with drugs by Scott Carson, 29, of West Orange.
On Sunday, Somerset County detectives, along with
detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Hudson County Prosecutor’s
Office, West Orange Police Department, Sayreville Police Department and the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Agency, executed search warrants on the residences and vehicles
belonging to Carson, Jones and Andrea Lunetta, 26, of Sayreville and Semih
Demir, 25, of Berkeley Heights.
Detectives found Carson at his home with approximately
one ounce of heroin, 40 vials of cocaine, a 9mm handgun, a .40 caliber handgun,
.22 caliber assault rifle and packaging materials, Soriano said.
Carson was charged with first-degree maintaining a
heroin production facility, second-degree unlawful possession of an assault
rifle, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree flight,
second-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin, three counts of second-degree
possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense, third-degree conspiracy
to distribute controlled dangerous substance third-degree, possession of cocaine
with with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lunetta was charged with conspiracy to distribute Molly
and heroin, third-degree conspiracy to distribute Molly, second-degree
distribution of Molly and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Jones was charged with second-degree distribution of
Molly, third-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance
and second-degree conspiracy to distribute Molly.
Demir was charged with first-degree maintaining a
heroin production facility, third-degree distribution of Molly, third-degree
distribution of marijuana and third-degree conspiracy to distribute controlled
Charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute a
controlled dangerous substance for allegedly making arrangements to sell
narcotics were Samantha Simonson, 18, of Keansburg and Antonio Rivera, 28, of
Charged with attempting to possess a controlled
dangerous substance or conspiracy to possess controlled dangerous substance for
allegedly buying heroin and other drugs were Daniel Amadio, 39, of Keyport;
Christen Reinglas, 23, of Aberdeen; Elijah Duplessis, 23, of West Orange;
Zachary Robbins, 27, of Summit; Romeo Vergara, 26, of West Orange; Helena
Freeman, 37, of West Orange; Chris Gamba, 23, of West Orange and Jessie
Casanovas, 30, of West Orange.