GOSHEN – A Montgomery husband and wife pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo on Monday in connection with a large drug trafficking scheme that operated, in part, out of their Montgomery home.
Marius Schwerberg, 66, and his wife, Nancy, 44, are expected to be sentenced in October.
The husband pled guilty to attempted operating as a major trafficker and faces five years in prison and two years of post-release supervision.
The wife pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance and faces six months in the Orange County Jail concurrent with five years of probation.
During the investigation between New Jersey and New York State Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, $1.1 million was found hidden in their house, said DA David Hoovler.
“The money was buried in the walls of the house, in the ottoman, in the floor; it was hidden pretty well inside the house. They had run a clandestine drug operation out of their house for several years out of a sleepy, nice little residential area of Montgomery where nobody even noticed what was happening,” he said.
Hoovler said the money recovered represents the largest amount of cash recovered in Orange County history during execution of a drug search warrant.
At the time of the search at their Loch Lane home, police seized just under 1.5 grams of cocaine and 17 pounds of marijuana with a collective street value of over $180,000. Law enforcement also seized items used for the cutting, weighing and repackaging of cocaine and a loaded handgun.
The couple was busted when New Jersey police investigated trafficking of large amounts of cocaine in Morris County.