Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Marius Schwerberg, 65, and his wife, Nancy Schwerberg, 43, were charged in a felony complaint filed in the Town of Montgomery Court with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing 52.1 ounces of cocaine at their residence on Loch Lane in Montgomery last month.
The charges were the result of a joint operation between the New Jersey State Police, and the New York State Police, Troop F Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team (“VGNET”), aided by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation related to the trafficking of large amounts of cocaine in Morris County, New Jersey.
Largest amount of cash ever recovered
As part of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Marius and Nancy Schwerberg’s Loch Lane residence. The search warrant resulting in the seizure of 1,485 grams of cocaine and 17 pounds of marihuana, which collectively had a street value of more than $180,000.
Additionally, items used for the cutting, weighing and repackaging of cocaine, a loaded handgun and more than $1,187,391 in cash were recovered.
The money constitutes the largest amount of cash recovered during a narcotics search warrant in Orange County history.
In addition to the felony complaints, arrest warrants were also issued by Orange County Court Judge William L. DeProspo for the Schwerbergs to be produced in Orange County Court to face charges there.
‘Narcotics trafficking is not just confined to urban areas’
The arrest warrant for Marius Schwerberg was for operating as a major trafficker, and the warrant for Nancy Schwerberg was for first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Both defendants are in custody in the State of New Jersey where they are facing charges pending extradition to New York.
The maximum sentence for the Class AI felony of Operating as a Major Trafficker is 25 years to life.
The maximum sentence for the Class AI felony of first-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance is 20 years.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended the New York State Police, Troop F VGNET and the New Jersey State Police for their investigation and the charges against the defendants.
“This case shows that major narcotics trafficking is not just confined to urban areas,” Hoolver said. “We will have these defendants brought to Orange County to face charges as soon as possible. Narcotics are destroying the very fabric of our communities and those who reap large profits from narcotics trafficking must be severely punished. It is only when law enforcement agencies work collaboratively that large scale narcotics operations can be disrupted.”
The cases are being prosecuted by District Attorney David M. Hoovler and Assistant District Attorney Neal E. Eriksen.