Media / Press
Bulletproof Vests for Ghana
Monday, 21 January 2013

Newark – At a ceremony last Wednesday at Veterans Courthouse, Sheriff Armando Fontoura presented the first of more than 130 ballistic vests to Kwaku Amo, the Executive Secretary General of the Council of Ghanaian Associations of New Jersey and Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, the former president of Essex County College.

The bulletproof vests will be donated by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office to the Nima District Police in Ghana. The still serviceable vests became surplus when federal and state grants allowed the sheriff’s office to upgrade their vests.

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Suspected Drug Dealers & Buyers Arrested
Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Newark – Two suspected drug dealers were arraigned this morning following their arrests yesterday during separate investigations by Essex County sheriff’s detectives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a quality of life surveillance operation in the area of Central Avenue and 9th Street on 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

At that time, the BON detectives observed a male loitering in front of 522 Central Avenue, a known high volume drug trafficking area.

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Carjacked Tow Truck, Stolen Cars & Stolen Gun Recovered
Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Newark – A carjacked flatbed tow truck, two stolen cars and a stolen gun were recovered this evening by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department were on quality of life patrol near Weequahic Park at 5:45 p.m. last night when the electronic car theft device in their marked unit indicated a stolen vehicle in the area.

The sheriff’s officers located a 2013 Porshe, reported stolen out of Secaucus, parked in front of 179 Pomona Avenue. Twin Towing was called to haul the vehicle to the impound lot.

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6 Suspects Arrested; Guns, Heroin, Cocaine Seized
Thursday, 10 January 2013

Newark – Four suspects were arraigned this morning on drug and weapons charges following their arrest yesterday by Essex County sheriff’s detectives in two separate plainclothes operations in the city. Two other persons were also arrested during the incidents.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics, armed with a search warrant for the residence of Joseph “Whackshine” Feliciano, a known Bloods gang member, established surveillance at the suspect’s home, located at 71 Tiffany Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

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Suspect in Stolen Car Ring Arrested
Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Newark – A suspect in a car theft ring was captured by Essex County sheriff’s officers last night after a series of run-ins with the suspect throughout the day.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department on routine quality of life patrol observed a parked 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with no front license plate parked in front of 195 First Street shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Upon accessing the vehicle’s status by running the rear license plate and the vehicle identification number for its possible criminal history, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen from an auto yard operated by CSX Railroad Police in Elizabeth. It was further determined that the vehicle was wanted for latent fingerprints as part of a cache of stolen cars from the same location within the past month.

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