Paterson pair caught with 44 pounds of cocaine in Route 80 stop | Paterson Times

Paterson pair caught with 44 pounds of cocaine in Route 80 stop


A pair of men have been charged in connection with the seizure of more than 20 kilograms or 44 pounds of cocaine in a Route 80 traffic stop, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Thursday.

Carlos Nieves, 24, and Yocadis Montas-Cepeda, 24, both of Paterson, were arrested in Bergen County on November 29, 2018. Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, authorities said.

Nieves and Montas-Cepeda were in a car that was pulled over on Route 80. Their statements and other suspicious behavior caused authorities to suspect the vehicle was being used to traffic drugs.

Law enforcement officers searched the vehicle, seizing 20 kilos of cocaine. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force were credited for the arrests.

Nieves is scheduled to appear before a judge in Newark federal court on Thursday. Montas-Cepeda is expected to make an appearance at a later date.

The pair face 10 years to life in prison and maximum fine of $10 million.

  • peejay1954

    This happened November 29th of last year! Why is this being told now as a news flash? If the subject is for announcing court date, that should be the title, not the one shown

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      Because they probably took their phones and tried to find their suppliers or flip the mules into informants , which probably didn't work given their families would die. Usually their are 2 other cars one ahead and one behind. Once they saw the mule car get pulled over they throw away their phones and it leads to a dead end on the investigation side so they give the mules all the charges and time.