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Drug Distro Ring Shut Down; Suspect Arrested
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Newark – A suspected drug distribution operation was shut down this morning as sheriff’s detectives arrested a city man.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics today executed a search warrant, signed by Superior Court Judge, Joseph Cassini III, at a one-family residence, located at 19 Unity Avenue.

Sheriff Fontoura said that after knocking on the door and announcing their presence the BON detectives were forced to use a metal ram to gain access to the premises.

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Carjacking Suspect Arrested
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Newark – An alleged Bloods gang member, wanted by law enforcement authorities for an armed carjacking in the city, was arrested last night by an Essex County sheriff’s officer.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Officer Giuseppe Forgione was on quality of life patrol on Lyons Avenue at 9:45 p.m. when his license plate reader alerted him to a 1993 Saturn station wagon that had been reported carjacked earlier this month.

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Suspect Arrested & Arraigned on Gun and Drug Charges
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

Newark – A city man was arraigned today on drug and weapons charges following his arrest by Essex County sheriff’s detectives on Monday.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in the Vailsburg section of Newark officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation at the intersection of Unity and Stuyvesant avenues before noon on Monday.

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Gun, 1400 Bags of Heroin Seized
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Newark – An East Orange suspect was arraigned today on drug and weapons charges following his arrest on Wednesday by Essex County sheriff’s detectives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as part of an on-going investigation into the delivery of large amounts of drugs throughout Newark and East Orange officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a surveillance operation yesterday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, located at the intersection of Park Avenue and North 6th Street in Newark.

Sheriff Fontoura said the BON detectives observed as the target of their investigation, Michael “Kung Fu Mike” Fields of East Orange, age 38, pulled his 2001 Chrysler 300M into the lot and parked.

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Suspect with Weapon & Drugs Arrested and Arraigned
Thursday, 23 February 2012

Newark – An East Orange man was arraigned today on weapons and drug charges following his arrest yesterday by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Officers Christopher Bozios and Dennis Kihlberg were on routine patrol when they observed a narcotics sale take place shortly before noon on Wednesday near the intersection of Springfield Avenue and 22nd Street, a known drug trafficking area.

When the uniformed officers approached the suspect, Altariq Patterson, age 29, of East Orange he attempted to flee the scene on foot. Bozios and Kihlberg caught up with Paterson after a brief chase and the officers struggled to subdue him.

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