Sheriff's Officers Team with Belleville and Nutley Police in Drug Arrest PDF Print E-mail

Newark – A suspected drug dealer was arraigned today following his arrest yesterday by Essex County sheriff’s narcotics detectives and officers from the Belleville and Nutley police departments.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Joseph DeLeva, age 45, of Belleville was detained by officers outside a Bloomfield restaurant early on Wednesday afternoon as detectives from the Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant, issued by Superior Court Judge Robert Gardner, at his residence, located at 23 Belmont Avenue.

Fontoura said that inside the second floor apartment the officers seized 70 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, 337 Oxycodone tablets, 80 Valium tablets and 136 tablets of Xanax, along with assorted drug processing and packaging equipment. The estimated street value of the drugs is $20,000.

“The suspect had a little bit of everything,” Sheriff Fontoura noted. “Along with our partners from the Nutley and Belleville police departments, we have been investigating this suspect’s movements for almost one month.”

DeLeva was charged with five counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intend to distribute within 1000 feet of St. Anthony School and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

DeLeva was also found to be the subject of an open criminal warrant, issued by the Fort Pierce (Florida) County Court, for aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony.

At today’s arraignment, Judge Amilkar Velez – Lopez ordered the suspect held at the Essex County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond only.