In 2 days, Lyndhurst Police Arrest Couple and 3 Others on Heroin Charges

lyndhurst heroin, child endangerment case One day after the Lyndhurst police arrested a man for heroin distribution-related offenses, officers arrested his girlfriend during an alleged drug transaction in which their young daughter was in attendance. As a result, the woman is now facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

According to James O’Connor, the chief of the Lyndhurst Police Department, 27-year-old Anthony Chaljub was arrested on Wednesday, April 23rd near the Roosevelt School in Lyndhurst. He is now facing charges for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and intent to distribute near or on school property.

The following day, Chaljub’s girlfriend, 35-year-old Newark resident Jennifer Rivera, was arrested during an alleged drug deal involving three others. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th, officers stopped the vehicle in which the alleged transaction occurred in the 500 block of Ridge Road in Lyndhurst.

51-year-old Francis P. Moyna, 27-year-old Bloomfield resident Lauren Desiderio, 33-year-old Newark resident Ricky Pacheco, and Rivera were in the car at the time, in addition to Rivera’s 2-year-old daughter, who was not secured in a car seat. All of the aforementioned individuals are believed to have participated in the drug deal are were subsequently arrested, while the young girl was taken into state custody.

Rivera is now facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. She is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with her bail set at $50,000. Desiderio, whose bail is also set at $50,000, was charged with the aforementioned offenses, in addition to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Pacheco is facing charges including possession and distribution of heroin, distribution of CDS near or on school property, and endangering the welfare of a child. Both Chaljub and Pacheco were being held at the Bergen County Jail, with bails set at $75,000 each.

Per police reports, the officers stopped the vehicle after witnessing Moyna get in and noticing that the child was not in a car seat. They identified Moyna as a “known drug user” before the stop. The circumstances in this case bring about questions of the validity of the motor vehicle stop and the subsequent search.

Under the law, if an illegal search is conducted, any evidence obtained during said search is inadmissible in court, which significantly impacts the state’s case against a defendant. For more information, view Part 5 of my series on “How to Beat Drug Charges,” entitled “Challenging Illegal Searches.” Also view my video on “Challenging the Motor Vehicle Stop,” which is an effective defense tactic in certain drug-related cases.

To access additional information pertaining to this case, see the following article: Lyndhurst police say woman brought girl, 2, to heroin deal


  • No promises, just a Pro!

  • Excellent Lawyer... Helped me in every step off my Case..

  • Great work

  • Best lawyer!!

  • FRO removal success!!

  • Easy to work with, straightforward

  • Kept my license

  • Father of client

  • Excellent Attorney , Charges Dismissed as promised

  • Helped every step of the way

  • Avoid mandatory jail time on shoplifting charges


  • Help

  • Did the job he was hired to do

  • Great lawyer

  • Simple assault charge was dropped

  • Top Notch Representation

  • Well worth it.

  • DUI Case Dismissed

  • 2 felony charges dismissed

  • Cameron bury

  • great attorney

  • Hands Down Professional and delivers results!!!

  • DUI case dismissed

  • 125 stars out of 10!!

  • Excellent at getting best outcome

  • Excellent Attorney

  • TRO Dismissal

  • Efficient Excellent attorney.

  • Excellent attorney

  • Travis successfully defended me in an unprecedented Final Restraining Order Trial with ease

  • Kick Ass Attorney!

  • Efficient and professional attorney

  • Great Lawyer And Great Results

  • Top Notch DUI Attorney

  • Client Domestic Violence

  • Restraining Order

  • A real pro in a time of need - DWI Dismissed.

  • The most experienced, patient and affordable attorney

  • Travis Tormey successfully had a False TRO against me dismissed.

  • Underaged Drinking

  • Underaged Drinking

  • DUI Dismissed

  • Saved me from a DUI. HIGHLY recommended

  • Restraining Order

  • Case dismissed with Data Driven Facts

  • Respectful. Attentive. Professional.

  • Trespassing and Under the Influence Disorderly Persons charges

  • If you are reading this- You have reached the right place! Undoubtedly, the BEST Law Firm in New Jersey!

  • Amazing attorney with a heart of gold

  • Exceeded my expectations, Highly Professional Attorney

  • Responsive and knowledgeable.

  • The Tormey law firm was very kind and professional

  • Expungement

  • Travis Tormey is a True Professional Who Kept Me Out of Jail

  • Saved me a whole ton of problems

  • Travis Tormey Review

  • A nightmare case, with a happy ending.

  • Elite NJ Marijuana Attorney! 5 Stars!!

  • An Excellent lawyer!

  • Great lawyer for DUI

  • I highly endorse Travis Tormey.

  • Travis Tormey Law Firm

  • Travis is a Lifesaver

  • Travis J. Tormey - Evaluation

  • Great Lawyer. Got me off exactly what I wanted

  • Consummate Professional!

  • Great Criminal Defense Lawyer

  • Good Service

  • Exceptional Lawyer

  • Exceptional Lawyer

  • Hired to defend me for aggravated assault

  • Hired to defend me in a restraning order

  • Excellent attorney, highly recommend his talents

  • DWI Counsel

  • I highly recommend Mr. Tormey

  • Great attorney

  • Travis Tormey, Esq. - Great Results!

  • Travis Tormey - Excellent Attorney-Kind and Trustworthy

  • Excellent Attorney-Trustworthy and Kind

  • An Outstanding lawyer!!! That will represent you in the correct way!

  • Excellent Attorney! You will not be dissapointed....

  • Travis Tormey Gets Results!

  • tormey

  • Success!!

  • Travis Tormey Review

  • Only Lawyer I Recommend

  • Very Grateful

  • Attorney review of Travis Tormey

  • Excellent

Experience You Can Trust

With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation. With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Learn More About How to Fight Your Charges

If you've been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.

The Tormey Law Firm

Areas we serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.

  • Hackensack Office

    254 State Street Hackensack, NJ 07601

    (201) 556-1570

    view larger map

  • Morristown Office

    55 Madison Avenue Suite 400, Morristown, NJ 07960

    (908) 336-5008

    view larger map