Media / Press
Alleged Gang Member Arrested & Arraigned on Drug Charges
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Newark – An alleged member of the Latin Kings street gang was arraigned today on multiple drug charges following his arrest yesterday afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that when detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics arrived at 175 Woodside Avenue in the city’s North Ward to execute a search warrant the sheriff’s detectives observed the target of their investigation, Luis Diaz, age 25, sitting on a crate in front of the building. “A female passerby stopped at that location and engaged in a brief conversation with Diaz,” Sheriff Fontoura noted. “Diaz then extracted a black plastic grocery bag from his waistband, removed an item from the bag and exchanged it with the woman for cash.”
Task Force Officers Arrest Armed Suspect
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Newark – With the help of an anonymous tip, federal, county and city law enforcement officers responded to the area of South 19th Street and South Orange Avenue where they arrested an armed suspect. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department assigned to the Cease Fire, Gang Enforcement and Violence Reduction Initiative along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Newark city police were provided with a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Once on the scene, Brian Kasim Little was quickly spotted by the task force officers where he removed an item from his waistband and dropped it to his feet.
Body Worn Cameras By Officers
Monday, 17 August 2015
General Order 2015-07 Body Worn Cameras By Officers Effective August 18, 2015

I. Introduction

As technology evolves, it becomes more dynamic. As a law enforcement agency, it is our obligation that our process does not become static. Members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) interact with all walks of life such as jurors, attorneys, litigants, defendants, victims, witnesses and other law enforcement personnel. However, there are times that these interactions may involve an officer to excerpt their authority and take a potential police action.

Technology has made it possible to capture video from police actions that law enforcement officers perform on a daily basis. A Body Worn Camera (BWC) is a useful tool that is designed to capture audio and video when an officer effects a police action. This tool has aided law enforcement agencies throughout the country and has deterred frivolous complaints and/or lawsuits.

Furthermore, BWC has strengthened the trust between law enforcement and the community it serves. It also provides the public with a sense of transparency and accountability.

Cash Reward Offer for Fugitive Info
Friday, 14 August 2015
Newark – The Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Juan Porter, 30, of Newark who also uses the name nickname Yum Yum. Porter is wanted for the murder of Sharod Coleman, 23, of East Orange. Coleman was fatally shot on Feb. 8, at 79 Passaic Street in Newark. A warrant has been issued for Porter’s arrest. He is known to frequent the Broadway Townhouses in Newark. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432 or 1-877-TIPS-4-EC. Calls will be kept confidential.
Bloomfield Arrest Yields Loaded Gun & Drugs
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Bloomfield – An armed suspect was arrested this afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and multiple weapons and narcotic charges were filed against him. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that based upon numerous neighborhood complaints of drug trafficking in the area of Franklin Street and Willard Avenue detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation on Wednesday at that location. “Shortly after 4:00 p.m., a suspect, known to our officers from previous encounters, pulled up and parked his 2003 Chevrolet Impala in front of 159 Franklin Street,” Sheriff Fontoura said. “Bangaly ‘Bang’ Fofana, age 23 of Newark, then exited his vehicle and opened the trunk of his car.”
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