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4 Drug Suspects Arrested & Arraigned
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Newark - Four alleged suspects were arraigned today on drug charges following their arrests yesterday during three separate incidents by Essex County sheriff's detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department's Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation shortly before noon at the intersection of Irvine Turner Boulevard and 18th Avenue. At that time, Sheriff Fontoura said the BON detectives observed two males, later identified as Laquan Jackson, age 29, of Newark, and Naji Hicks, age 24, of East Orange, loitering in the area. Within minutes, the two suspects were approached by two males and a female. After a brief conversation, all five individual walked down a nearby alleyway where Jackson and Hicks were observed exchanging items from their waistbands for paper currency.
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Reward Offer in Double Homicide Case
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that a cash reward up to $10,000 is being offered by the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Manu Smith, 24, of Hillside and Harry Lovengood, 21, of Newark. The two young men were fatally shot in the 100 block of Milford Avenue in Newark on Saturday Feb. 15 at approximately12:20 a.m. They were both pronounced dead a short time later. The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7423.
 
Reward Offer in Arson Crime
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for torching Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka’s campaign bus. On Sunday, Feb. 16 at approximately 7 a.m. the Newark Fire Department responded to a bus fire in the 400 block of Central Avenue. Arriving units extinguished a small fire in the interior of bus. The bus is a campaign bus used by the Baraka campaign. No one was on the bus and no one was injured. Based on the preliminary investigation the fire appears to have been intentionally set. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Task Force is handling the investigation which is active and ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes tips line at 1-877-847-7432.
 
Gun, Drugs, Stolen Goods Recovered; Suspects Arrested
Thursday, 06 February 2014
Newark - Two suspects were arrested this afternoon by Essex County sheriff's detectives and narcotics, weapons and theft charges were filed against them. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department's Bureau of Narcotics, armed with a search warrant, made a forced entry into the second floor apartment of 915 Lake Street. At that time, a suspect, later identified as Angel Castellanos, age 29, ran to the rear of the apartment and threw a fully loaded, defaced, Cobra 380 semi-automatic handgun out of a bedroom window. The weapon was immediately recovered by sheriff's officers who had surrounded the building.
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Drug Suspect Arrested & Arraigned
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Newark - Instead of serving up "value meals" from a porch of 111 S. 10th St, a drug suspect was arrested late yesterday afternoon by Essex County Sheriff's detectives after they discovered a significant quantity of heroin, "crack" cocaine , and marijuana in a Popeye's chicken bag that he was holding. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department's Bureau of Narcotics were conducting a quality of life detail in Newark's North Ward when they observed a man, later identified as Anthony Taylor, age 25 of Newark, retrieve items from a Popeye's chicken bag and engage in what appeared to be a drug transaction.
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