New Jersey State Police have arrested Andre Sulimenko, 56, of Barnegat, N.J., and United States Postal Service employees William Woolley, 52, of Jackson, N.J., and Nicholas Gooskos, 41, of Spring Lake, N.J. for various drug and weapon offenses. Two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of fentanyl, heroin 54 guns, and high-capacity magazines, were siezed.
While conducting their investigation about the possible distribution of fentanyl by employees of the United States Postal Service in Jackson Township, detectives observed Sulimenko pull into the driveway of Woolley’s residence for an alleged narcotics transaction. Woolley was observed exiting his residence, approaching Sulimenko’s car, and handing him a bag. Detectives stopped Sulimenko, who was found to be in possession of one kilogram of fentanyl, which was located in the bag that he had just received from Woolley. Sulimenko was charged with possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
Later that day, a search was executed at Woolley’s residence. He was found to be in possession of 18 handguns, 28 rifles and shotguns, high-capacity magazines, and various firearm parts. Among the weapons seized were an assault rifle, a submachine gun, and a ghost gun.
A ghost gun is firearm that is assembled from various parts that are not imprinted with a serial number registered with a federally licensed manufacturer, making them difficult for law enforcement to trace.
Woolley was charged with distribution of fentanyl, conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm during a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) offense, possession of a ghost gun, possession of an assault rifle, possession of a machine gun, manufacturing an assault firearm, and possession of high-capacity magazines.
With the assistance of the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, detectives arrested Gooskos while on his mail delivery route in Neptune Township, N.J. Afterwards, detectives found one kilogram of fentanyl, five rifles, one assault rifle, two shotguns, high-capacity magazines, and ammunition Gooskos’ residence in Spring Lake, N.J. and seized 120 individual doses of heroin.
Gooskos was charged with possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm during a CDS offense, possession of an assault rifle, and possession of high-capacity magazines.
According to said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, “Fentanyl is one of the deadliest opioids in existence — just a few milligrams can kill an adult. This narcotic is not only lethal to users, sellers, law enforcement, and forensic scientists tasked with handling it, trace amounts left on surfaces by traffickers could easily claim the lives innocent victims, including unsuspecting children.
“While New Jersey remains on the forefront of the battle against the opioid epidemic, with the State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force leading the charge with innovative enforcement strategies, we will continue to work with our partners and communities to develop education and awareness campaigns to combat this plague on all fronts.”