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Arrest Yields Gun, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana & Xanax
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Newark – An armed suspect who admitted to Essex County sheriff’s officers that he was high on drugs was arrested last night and charged with weapons and narcotics offenses.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department were on quality of life patrol in the area of Branch Brook Park at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday when they observed a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving back and forth across a double yellow center line on Lake Street.

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School Shooting Suspect Arrested
Monday, 28 January 2013

Newark – A suspect wanted for the shooting of two female victims outside of the Essex County College gymnasium on the evening of December 27, 2012 waived extradition today in an Atlanta courtroom, following his arrest in that Georgia city on Friday morning.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that a task force comprised of federal, sheriff’s, Newark police and Essex County College police officers developed leads that tracked the movements of Antwan Belfield, age 20, of Newark.

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Suspect Arrested for Aggravated Assault on Sheriff's Officer
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Newark – A Cranford man was arrested last night and charged with aggravated assault on a sheriff’s officer.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Officer Jimmy Rodriguez was on routine quality of life patrol at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday near the intersection of Badger and Hawthorne Avenues when he observed a silver 2002 Saab make a left turn without signaling.

Rodriguez attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop at West Runyon Street and Irvine Turner Boulevard. As the officer approached the Saab, he observed the driver insert glassine envelopes, the type used to package heroin, into his mouth.

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Armed Drug Suspect Driving Wrong Way Arrested
Monday, 21 January 2013

Newark – An armed suspect, driving south in the northbound lanes of McCarter Highway crashed his vehicle into a concrete wall on Friday, was arrested by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and arraigned today.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were on quality of life patrol in the area of Mulberry and Chestnut Streets Friday afternoon when they observed the driver of a 1999 Buick LeSabre operating his vehicle in a reckless manner by weaving in and out of traffic.

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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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