Media / Press
Bloomfield Drug Arrests
Friday, 24 April 2015
Bloomfield – Two alleged drug sellers and two alleged drug buyers were arrested on Thursday evening by a joint task force comprised of detectives from the Bloomfield Police Department and the Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that due to neighborhood complaints of drug trafficking in the area the task force conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation at the intersection of Belleville Avenue and Davey Street yesterday at 5:00 p.m. Sheriff Fontoura noted that the officers observed Leon Chen, age 19 of Bloomfield, loitering in the area.
Belleville Drug Bazaar Arrest
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Newark – A Belleville man was arraigned today on multiple drug charges following his arrest by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant at a residence on the 800-block of Joralemon Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. When the officers arrived at the location they found the exterior of the home to be surrounded by surveillance cameras and that access to the residence could only be made through steel caged doors.
Don't Fall Victim to Fake IRS Telephone Scam
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Newark — Sheriff Armando Fontoura today issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. Sheriff Fontoura stated that numerous local residents have contacted our department to report callers, many of whom identify themselves as Essex County sheriff’s officers, who demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing your private information. “These people are con artists who can sound convincing when they call,” Fontoura said. “The scam artists may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the Internal Revenue Service or our department is calling you. They use fake names and bogus IRS or police identification badge numbers. The scammers frequently claim that they possess an arrest warrant for their victims if they fail to pay immediately. Do not be deceived by these threatening phone calls.”
Wanted Suspect Arrested on New Drug Charges
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Newark – A city man was arrested Monday morning and charged with multiple drug offenses following a run-in with Essex County sheriff’s officers on Saturday. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were actively seeking Robert Botts, age 53, of Newark after the suspect fled from them during a motor vehicle stop on Saturday evening. Fontoura said his officers pulled Botts over in the area of South Orange Avenue and South 9th Street for questioning because the older model Volkswagon Passat he was operating matched the description of a vehicle wanted in multiple recent armed robberies.
Reward Offer in Liquor Store Homicide
Friday, 27 March 2015
Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced the posting of a cash reward offer in the murder of Amit Patel. Sheriff Fontoura stated that his department’s Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
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