Illegal Turn Leads to Drug Arrests PDF Print E-mail

Newark – After making an illegal right turn near the Essex County court complex, a man and his juvenile male companion were arrested by sheriff’s officers and drug charges were filed against them.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Nafi Harvard, age 19, made the illegal turn at Market Street and Springfield Avenue today at 9:25 a.m. Harvard’s white 1995 Lexus was pulled over by Officer Robert Deyo and Detective George Ruiz who was handling the narcotics-detecting K-9 “Valdez”.

Fontoura said that when the officers approached the suspect vehicle they could smell the pungent odor of burnt marijuana.

Harvard and the 17-year-old juvenile, both of Orange, were questioned by the Deyo while K-9 “Valdez” conducted an exterior olfactory search of the suspect vehicle. The sheriff said that the canine gave a positive indication for narcotics by the passenger door.

The suspects consented to a search of the vehicle and 200 decks of heroin, packaged for street distribution, were discovered in the car’s glove box.

Harvard and the juvenile are charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of St. Benedict’s Prep, possession of CDS within 500 feet of a county park, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and conspiracy to violate New Jersey’s narcotics laws.

Harvard was additionally charged with employing a juvenile in a CDS crime and he was also issued motor vehicle summonses for displaying a fictitious temporary registration, for not having automobile insurance and for making an illegal turn.

Harvard was lodged at the Essex County Correctional Facility where he awaits arraignment. The juvenile was lodged in the Essex County Youth Detention Facility where he awaits a hearing in Family Court.