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Narcotics "Boutique" Guarded by Pitbulls Raided
Thursday, 10 February 2011

Newark - A narcotics trafficking boutique, guarded by pitbulls and operating in the shadow of the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, was shut down last night and seven suspects were arrested by Essex County sheriff's detectives. A large quantity of drugs and two automatic handguns were also seized as a result of the arrests.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as sheriff's detectives attempted to execute a non-support warrant at 246 Clifton Avenue on Thursday night they spotted a high-powered exhaust fan running through an open window in a third floor front room at that location

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Rewards Offered in 2 Newark Homicides
Wednesday, 19 January 2011

NewarkEssex County law enforcement authorities today posted a cash reward offers for information surrounding the shooting murders of two Newark man in separate incidents.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the Crimestoppers program would pay up to $5,000 in each case for details that lead to the arrest of the suspect wanted in the shooting death of 23-year-old Daniel “Beans” Mejia of Newark whose lifeless body was discovered at 5:00 a.m. on January 4, 2011 in a parking lot, located at 2 Honiss Street.

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With Helicopter Assist 3 Stolen Car Suspects Arrested
Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Orange – With assistance from airborne Essex County Prosecutor’s detectives, three suspects in a stolen vehicle were arrested this morning by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that at 10:45 a.m. detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics ran the license plate of a red 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 12th Avenue and 14th Street in Newark. The vehicle was reported to have been stolen in Newark yesterday.

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Suspected Drug Distributor Arrested
Wednesday, 05 January 2011

Newark – In a joint operation conducted by the Essex County sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics and the department’s Tactical Response Team, a suspected drug distributor was arrested late yesterday afternoon and more than $43,000 in narcotics was seized.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that BON and TRT detectives, armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Michael Petrolle, initiated a plainclothes surveillance operation at 394 Irvine Turner Boulevard on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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300 Snowstorm Victims Rescued; Baby Delivered
Monday, 27 December 2010

West Orange – Hours after rescuing and sheltering more than 300 people stranded by blizzard conditions last night on Route 280, Essex County sheriff’s officers this morning assisted in the delivery of a baby boy.

The post-Christmas snowstorm dumped more than two feet of the white stuff across Essex County, causing massive snowdrifts and shutting down vehicular traffic for hours. As a result of the snow and ice, scores of cars, vans, buses and trucks could not surmount the steep hills of Route 280.

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