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Drug Suspect Arrested; Officer & Pedestrian Injured
Thursday, 02 February 2012

West Caldwell – A drug suspect was arrested last night following a pursuit from a local pharmacy and a violent struggle with an Essex County sheriff’s officer.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department who had been conducting a six-week fraudulent prescription drug investigation received a tip late Wednesday that a male suspect was attempting to obtain oxycodone pills with a bogus prescription at Walgreen’s, located at 601 Passaic Avenue.

Armed Drug Suspect, Accomplice, Buyer Arrested
Monday, 30 January 2012

Newark – An armed suspected drug dealer, his alleged accomplice and a drug buyer were arraigned today following their arrests on Sunday afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that plainclothes detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were conducting a drug investigation at 3:30 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of North 12th Street and 4th Avenue, a known drug trafficking area.

Reward Posted for Sexual Assault Suspects
Monday, 16 January 2012

East Orange – A cash reward offer has been posted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office for information that leads to the arrest of any of the five suspects wanted for a sexual assault of a teenage female.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his department’s Crimestoppers program would pay up to $2,500 for details that assist law enforcement agencies in apprehending the suspects.

Drug Arrest
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Newark – A drug suspect was arraigned today after being arrested yesterday afternoon by an Essex County sheriff’s officer following a routine motor vehicle stop.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that Officer George Sona was on fixed patrol in Branch Brook Park when he observed a gold Acura traveling east on Park Avenue with what appeared to be a fraudulent inspection sticker.

Officer Sona pulled over the vehicle, driven by Darius Gwyn, age 31, of Smith Street, at Park Avenue and Ridge Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, the sheriff’s officer detected the pungent odor of raw marijuana. As Gwyn handed Sona his license, registration and insurance card, the officer spotted a clear zip-lock bag, containing a green leafy substance protruding from the suspect’s jacket pocket.

Elopement Victim Recovered Safely
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Newark – Late Wednesday afternoon, Essex County sheriff’s detectives, utilizing electronic tracking devices, recovered a female victim of dementia who had wandered away from a city daycare facility.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department who operate Project Lifesaver tracking equipment were dispatched to Branch Brook Park Manor, an assisted living complex, on Clifton Avenue on a report of a missing person. Sheriff Fontoura said his officers were advised that a 59-year-old female resident had eloped at approximately 4:00 p.m. from her daycare facility, located on McCarter Highway.

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