NORTH JERSEY (PIX11) - As snow and ice blanketed the garden state a couple weeks back, an alleged drug pin was making deliveries in North Jersey. Investigators say he went house to house, with over $1 million dollars worth of marijuana in tow.
“This is the largest seizure of marijuana ever in the history of Morris County,” said Fred Knapp, the Morris County Prosecutor. His office is leading this investigation. His detectives were out watching the drops being made on March 3rd. Knapp and his team believe that 50-year-old James Matthews had driven a maroon Ford F-350 with a trailer attached to it from Indianapolis. He allegedly stopped at 25-year-old Salman ‘Tito’ Khalid’s house in Wharton, Morris County. Investigators say Tito was a regular, getting bulk marijuana deliveries on a weekly basis.
Matthews also allegedly made an exchange of drugs for cash with 25-year-old Kernley Saint-Victor of Clifton in Bergen County. Investigators say the intent was to distribute the drugs to willing customers in North Jersey. But the alleged business plan was put to bed when police pulled Matthews over on Route 80 on his way back west and opened up the trailer.
“In there was approximately 35 pounds per crate,” says Knapp, “and the marijuana was individually wrapped in plastic bags. As was a large quantity of cash, approximately $125,000.”
Investigators would confiscate 360 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $1.4 million on the street. Matthews, Khalid and Saint-Victor are now all behind bars. Khalid and Saint-Victor are each being held on $200,000 bail in the Morris County Correctional Facility. While Matthews was picked up in Indianapolis by local police. He’s due to be extradited to Morris County in the coming weeks.
All 3 have been charged with possession and the intent to distribute. Khalid and Matthews also face charges for money laundering.
Over 25 law enforcement officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a press conference on Friday to announce the charges. Detectives from over 20 local police departments in New Jersey, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff, the DEA and the Indianapolis police all worked together to take down this alleged drug network.
Investigators with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office say the investigation is still ongoing.