Press release provided by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Two Somerset County men, Eric Smith, 26, of Franklin Township and Andrew Rupnarain, 23 were arrested on Wednesday after police found over $80,000 worth of drugs in their possession.
Prosecutor Soriano states that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received information that on May 21, 2014, Eric Smith would be leaving his residence and he would be in possession of a quantity of methylenedioxymethcathinone (a.k.a. "molly").
Based on this information, members of the Task Force and the Franklin Township Crime Suppression Unit setup a surveillance of defendant Smith’s residence. At approximately 6:25 p.m., the surveillance team observed a male, later identified as Andrew Rupnarain, arrive at defendant Smith’s residence in a white Toyota Camry.
Subsequent to exiting his vehicle defendant Rupnarain entered defendant Smith’s residence. After a brief visit defendant Rupnarain was observed leaving the residence and he re-entered his vehicle before leaving the area.
A short time later, defendant Smith was also observed exiting his residence. He walked over to a white Ford box truck and he entered the front passenger side door. The vehicle was being operated by an unknown individual as it left the area.
Task Force members conducted a motor vehicle stop of the Camry in the area of Hamilton Street. As Task Force members approached the vehicle, defendant Rupnarain was observed attempting to remove an item from his right front pants pocket.
Task Force members identified themselves as police officers and instructed defendant Rupnarain to show his hands and to exit the vehicle. As defendant Rupnarain was getting out of the vehicle detectives observed a bag containing approximately 100 grams of "molly" sticking halfway out of Rupnarain’s pants pocket. Defendant Rupinarain was subsequently placed under arrest without incident.
Additional Task Force members conducted a motor vehicle stop of the box truck. As Task Force members approached the truck, they identified themselves as police officers and asked defendant Smith to exit the vehicle. Defendant Smith was advised of the narcotics investigation. Voluntary consent was obtained from the driver for detectives to search the box truck. Defendant Smith voluntarily consented to searches of his person and his residence.
As a result of the consent search conducted on the box truck, detectives seized a large bag containing approximately 500 grams of "molly" from the rear of the truck.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of a 2nd large bag containing approximately 400 grams of "molly", one small bag containing 3 grams of "molly", one bag containing a half pound of marijuana, one bag containing a quarter pound marijuana and $5,130.00. Defendant Smith was subsequently placed under arrest without incident.
Defendant Smith was charged with Possession of CDS (methylenedioxymethcathinone) 2nd Degree; Possession of CDS (Marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute, 3rd Degree. Defendant Rupnarain was charged with Possession of CDS (Molly) with Intent to Distribute, 2nd Degree.
The "molly" seized from defendant Smith has an estimated street value of approximately $72,000.00 and the marijuana has an estimated street value of $2,000.00. The molly seized from defendant Rupnarain has an estimated street value of $7,000.00.
Both defendants were lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail to be set.
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.