Newark Man caught Running Heroin Mill in His Apartment

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NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted an Essex County, New Jersey, man for narcotics offenses for operating a large-scale heroin mill out of his apartment, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Alexis Garcia Cabrera, 51, of Newark, is charged with possessing over 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute. Garcia Cabrera was previously charged by complaint in May 2019. He will be arraigned on a date to be determined.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On May 9, 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Garcia Cabrera’s residence and found multiple freezer-type bags containing suspected heroin as well as a large quantity of loose narcotics that were in the processing stage. Law enforcement officers also found equipment used to process and “cut” heroin, including grinders, sifters, and chemical cutting agents, and large quantities of materials designed to package heroin for street-level distribution, including 1,000 glassine envelopes. Agents located multiple “bricks,” or packages of 50 individual doses, of suspected heroin, which are intended for street-level distribution. Subsequent lab tests revealed that the suspected heroin also contained fentanyl.

The possession of over 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute count carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s indictment.

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The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office OCDETF/Narcotics Unit.

The charge and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.