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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.
 
Reward Offered in Newark Murder
Monday, 16 December 2013
Newark - Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced that the Crimestoppers program will pay up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting death of a Newark man and the wounding of a Newark woman in an incident that occurred on December 15, 2013 in Newark. Fontoura said that Naeem Williams, age 28, was gunned down in the vicinity of Elizabeth and Clinton Avenues at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night. A 26-year-old woman was also shot during the incident. Persons with information about the crime are urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-847-7432. All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential.
 
Cash Reward Offered in Short Hills Mall Murder
Monday, 16 December 2013
Newark - Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that the Crimestoppers program will pay up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting death of Dustin Friedland, age 30 of Hoboken, at the Short Hills Mall last night at approximately 9:00 a.m. The victim was shot by assailants during a carjacking incident. 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.
 
Pre-dawn Raid Nets Guns & Heroin
Thursday, 14 November 2013

Newark – In a pre-dawn raid at two neighboring townhouses in the city’s west ward, Essex County sheriff’s detectives and officers from the sheriff’s Tactical Response Team arrested two suspects and charged them with multiple weapons and narcotics offenses.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and the TRT team officers executed a search warrant early this morning for the apartments located at both 148 and 152 12th Avenue in Newark. The search warrant was issued following a two-week investigation into narcotics trafficking in the area.

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