Wagswoofs – Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella reported that Omar Rios, 44, had hidden almost $332,000 in cash in his apartment and a stash house along with some “exotic” vehicles, which were seized by the authorities.
According to the prosecutor, in addition to seizing a hydraulic press used for compressing cocaine for packaging, law enforcement officials also confiscated 1.7 pounds of cocaine, as well as cutting agents and packaging materials.
Authorities arrested Rios in a series of synchronized raids conducted at different locations. One of the locations was Rios’ apartment situated at the Franklin Commons building on Franklin Avenue in Nutley. Another location was a mixed-use building that houses the COVID-94 BAR at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Bloomfield Avenue, also in Nutley. The third location was a detached garage located on Watchung Avenue in Belleville, where Rios allegedly stored luxury vehicles.
According to records, Rios had previously been arrested in 2011 on charges of manufacturing drugs and possessing a firearm illegally, indicating a prior criminal history.
He is currently facing charges of possessing cocaine with intent to sell in the first degree, as well as maintaining a drug-production facility and money laundering.
According to records, Rios is currently being held in the Bergen County Jail as of Monday, November 13th, which is four days after his arrest.