Jose Serrano, 40, of Hamilton, was arrested after officers executed a search warrant at his home – which turned up over $15,000 in cocaine.
Serrano had been under investigation for a month prior to the search warrant by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force. Officers also found cash and other drug paraphernalia associated with distribution of drugs.
Serrano was released and FREE TO GO after his first appearance under NJ Bail Reform after the Arnold Foundation’s “Pretrial Risk Assessment” tool determined that 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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A man arrested by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force on cocaine distribution charges was released from jail Thursday.
Jose Serrano, 40, of Hamilton had been under investigation by the task torce for a month before officers executed a search warrant on his home on Oct. 11.
Investigators found approximately 150 grams of cocaine -which officers say has a street value of $15,000 – inside a plastic bag that was hidden inside an ice tea container, Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Petrucci said in court.
During the raid officers also found over $1,000 in cash, and other drug paraphernalia associated with distribution.
Serrano’s attorney, Jack Furlong, argued that the majority of the money found in the home was located in a purse belonging to his clients wife, and that money was meant as a rent payment.