Hector E. Llamas, 25, of Arizona, was arrested after North Bergen police stopped Llamas as part of an ongoing investigation – and discovered close to 9 pounds of heroin.
The drugs were discovered in a hidden compartment under the drivers seat. The arrest was part of an investigation into suspicious activity at a local hotel.
Despite the first-degree drug charge that carries a sentence if guilty of 10-20 years in prison, Llamas was released and FREE TO GO under NJ Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined he was not a danger to the community or a flight risk and therefore should not be subject to any accountable release – just a “promise” to appear.
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(reported by NJ.com – Nov 15, 2017)
A motor vehicle stop by North Bergen police led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Arizona man and the seizure of nearly nine pounds of heroin earlier this month, authorities said.
Detectives pulled over the vehicle driven by Hector E. Llamas, of Tucson, during an investigation into suspicious activity at a hotel on Nov. 8. Llamas gave them permission to conduct a search, according to a criminal complaint.
The detectives said they found a hidden compartment under the driver’s seat and another under the passenger seat, according to the court document, which also states they saw a box on the backseat.
After getting written permission to search the box, the officers found four kilos of suspected heroin inside, the complaint says.
Llamas faces drug charges including the first-degree offense of possession with intent to distribute heroin in a quantity of more than five ounces. A first-degree offense carries a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison upon conviction.