NYC Man arrested in Leonia for $50,000 worth of Cocaine

Alexander Garces Brioso, who hails from New York City, was recently arrested for distribution of cocaine. The arrest took place in Leonia, NJ on Interstate 95. Brioso, who is 39 years of age, was arrested while travelling southbound on I-95. The arrest was effectuated by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. After stopping Brioso, law enforcement found approximately 1,000 grams of what is suspected to be cocaine.

Brioso now faces one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charge is a first degree indictable (felony), the highest degree someone can be charged in the state of New Jersey. For now, Brioso was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. There , he’ll likely await his pending release from the jail or he might be detained pending the outcome of the case.

Possession with Intent to Distribute N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(6) Law and Penalties

There are factors that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Brioso intended to distribute cocaine. These factors are the following:

  • Quantity of the cocaine
  • Quality or Purity of the cocaine
  • If the cocaine was packaged
  • The estimated value of the cocaine
  • Equipment or the supplies that were found with the cocaine
  • And/or the location of where the cocaine was found

For a first degree distribution of cocaine charge, the cocaine has to be five (5) ounces or more. The penalties for a first degree distribution of cocaine charge is severe. This includes:

  • Up to twenty (20) years in New Jersey State Prison
    • The minimum being ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison
  • Up hundred of thousands of dollars in fines and court fees
  • A presumption of incarceration (meaning it is presumed if convicted that the defendant would be incarcerated)

Leonia Distribution Charge Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have ten (10) criminal defense attorneys, and our credentials include the following:

  • Seven (7) were former prosecutors
  • Three (3) of which were former assistant county prosecutors
    • One was the head of the Major Crimes Division,
    • Another was the head of the Trial Team, and
    • The last one was the director of the Gun, Gang and Drug Task Force
  • Three (3) were former municipal court prosecutors
  • One Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    • Certification comes from the Supreme Court of New Jersey
    • Less than 1 percent of attorneys in this state hold that distinction
  • Selected to the National Trial Attorneys Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney and Top 40 Under 40
  • Multiple attorneys with superb Avvo ratings
  • Selected to Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list here in New Jersey for this year
    • Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in this state are selected to this list