A North Brunswick man was arrested on Dec. 18 for possession and distribution of opium, believed to be distributed from his Georges Road business.
According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, Mehran Balazadeh, 51, was arrested during a Route 18 traffic stop on Dec. 18 in East Brunswick and charged with possession of 45 grams of a controlled dangerous substance, believed to be worth $2,250, and possession with intent to distribute it within 500 feet of a public park.
An investigation by Det. Steven Dunkel of the North Brunswick Police Department and Thaedra Fangros, a criminal forensic auditor with the state Department of Treasury, led authorities to believe that Balazadeh allegedly sold the narcotics out of his store, the Carpet & Futon Gallery, located on Georges Road in North Brunswick, the release said.
In addition to the drugs, authorities seized three autos and "several hundred pounds of jewelry, gold, silver, diamonds and other precious gems, all of which were determined to have been obtained through illegal narcotics transactions," the release said.
Bail has been set at $100,000, the release said.