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A Jersey City arrest led the Hudson County Narcotics Task Force to take in two Corona men who were allegedly planning to sell heroin, one of whom had his 5-year-old child in the backseat of a car while they had drugs with them, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said last week.

Geuri Green, 27, and Nelson Alvarado-Jimenez, 27, both of whom live at the same address at 102nd Street and Lewis Avenue in Corona, were charged with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance while within 1,000 feet of a school and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor said. Alvarado-Jimenez was also charged with being a fugitive from justice as the state of New Hampshire had a warrant for his arrest on the charge of conspiracy to commit bribery, the prosecutor said.

The Hudson County Narcotics Task Force were alerted to Alvarado-Jimenez and Green after the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force arrested 25-year-old Jersey City resident Jason Spires at his home Dec. 15, the prosecutor said. Spires, a former Suffolk County resident, had a warrant from the county for his arrest on drug charges, the prosecutor said. When the Marshals Service arrived, they and the task force found more than 100 grams of heroin, more than $5,000 in U.S. currency and drug memorabilia such as scales, strainers and heroin packaging materials, the prosecutor said.

These charges were unrelated to the Suffolk County’s warrant, the prosecutor said.

While investigating Spires, the task force learned that Green and Alvarado-Jimenez were involved in the scheme, the prosecutor said. After watching for a certain vehicle type, which the two men were driving while Green’s 5-year-old child was in the back seat, the task force arrested them later that day, the prosecutor said. The task force found 100 grams of heroin and more than $700 with the two men, the prosecutor said.

Alvarado-Jimenez’s bail was set at $150,000 cash only and Green’s was set at $100,000 cash or bond, the prosecutor said. Both face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of the charges, the prosecutor said.

Spires was charged with running a drug production operation, possession, intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and being a fugitive from justice, the prosecutor said. His bail was set at $350,000 cash only and he faces up to 45 years in prison if found guilty, the prosecutor said.

DeFazio said drug trafficking between New York and New Jersey is not uncommon in his experience.

“We see that there is this illegal congress on occasion between Hudson County, Jersey City and New York City,” DeFazio said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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