Media / Press
Suspects Arraigned on Heroin, 'Crack' Cocaine Charges
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Newark - Two male and one female suspects were arraigned today on drug charges following their arrests on Friday by Essex County sheriff's detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department's Bureau of Narcotics and Tactical Response Team conducted a pre-dawn raid and executed a search warrant on a suspected drug stash, located at 410 Summer Avenue in the city's North Ward. The raid was the result of a two-week investigation by sheriff's detectives which was prompted by numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotics trafficking in the area. As the BON detectives secured the perimeter of the three story residence, TRT detectives made a forced entry into the building.
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Suspects Arrested; Heroin & Marijuana Seized
Friday, 17 January 2014
Newark - Two male suspects were arraigned today on drug charges following their arrest late yesterday afternoon by Essex County sheriff's detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department's Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on Thursday at Hometown Liquor Store, located at 69 7th Avenue, after a three-week investigation which was prompted by neighborhood complaints of drug trafficking in the North Ward.
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Professional Standards Summary Reports 2013
Thursday, 09 January 2014

Type of Complaint

Anonymous Complaints

Citizen Complaints

Agency Complaints

Total Complaints

Excessive Force

5

5

Improper Arrest

3

3

Improper Entry

3

3

Improper Search

2

2

Other Criminal Violation

9

5

14

Differential Treatment

1

1

Demeanor

27

1

28

Domestic Violence

1

1

Other Rule Violation

4

8

43

55

Total

4

58

50

112

COMPLAINTS FILED
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4 Suspects Arrested; Heroin Plant Shut Down
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Newark - Four suspects were arraigned today on drug and weapons charges following their arrest on Tuesday evening by Essex County sheriff's detectives and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the arrests culminated in the seizure of 776 grams of heroin with an estimated street value in excess of $175,000 and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Fontoura added that the target of the investigation, Larry Leverett, age 29 of Elizabeth, had been under surveillance by officers from the sheriff's Bureau of Narcotics and the federal DEA agents for nearly one month.
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Short Hills Mall Murder Reward Increased
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Newark - Sheriff Armando Fontoura today stated that the Crimestoppers reward offer in the shooting death of Dustin Friedman, age 30 of Hoboken, at the Short Hills Mall on Sunday evening has been increased to up to $16,000 due to contributions from private anonymous sources. Persons with information about the crime are urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-847-7432. All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential.
 
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