November 3, 2023
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – A comprehensive and extensive investigation into the distribution of cocaine in Trenton has reached its culmination this week, resulting in the arrest of three individuals. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri has reported that the investigation, led by the members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Hamilton Police Division, and the Trenton Police Department, spanned over a month and yielded remarkable outcomes. The authorities have successfully seized $106,500 worth of narcotics and $6,151 in cash.
One of the arrests occurred on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, when Andre Stlouis, a 38-year-old resident of Trenton, was apprehended. Detectives from the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force intercepted a motor vehicle stop of Stlouis, who was driving a black 2022 Honda Passport, in the parking lot of the Riverside Apartment Complex on Riverside Drive in Trenton. During the stop, the detectives interrupted an apparent narcotics transaction between Stlouis and Nichele Harris. Both Stlouis and Harris were detained without incident, and upon further investigation, one gram of crack cocaine was discovered on the front passenger floor of the vehicle. Subsequent searches of the vehicle revealed an additional five grams of crack cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, and $6,151 in cash.
Following this arrest, the detectives executed a search warrant at Stlouis’ residence on Sanhican Drive in Trenton, with the invaluable assistance of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team. The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of an astonishing 562 grams of powder cocaine, approximately half a pound of methamphetamine, 78 grams of crack cocaine, and 23 pounds of marijuana.
Consequently, Andre Stlouis, 38, faced multiple first-degree narcotics offenses and was subsequently lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center. Additionally, Nichele Harris, 53, of Trenton, was charged with numerous narcotics offenses and also held in the Mercer County Correction Center. On the other hand, Ava Stlouis, 67, of Trenton, who happened to be present at the Sanhican home during the execution of the search warrant, was charged with narcotics offenses but was released pending future court appearances.
Prosecutor Onofri has stated that the combined street value of the confiscated narcotics amounts to approximately $106,500.
It is important to note that despite the charges, all individuals involved are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.