Newark – Drug suspects arrested at Westside Park in Newark and at Glenfield Park in Montclair on Tuesday by Essex County sheriff’s officers were arraigned today in criminal Central Judicial Processing court.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his officers conducted surveillance operations at the two locations in response to anonymous tips from local residents.
Sheriff Fontoura said that a team of officers staked out the 16th Avenue side of Westside Park last night and observed a woman approach three suspects near the bleacher area of the baseball field. After monitoring what appeared to be a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction, the officers moved in to investigate.
Daniel Robinson, age 46, of Newark attempted to flee from the scene on a bicycle but was pursued and apprehended after resisting the sheriff’s officers. During the pursuit, Robinson tossed a clear plastic bag to the ground. The bag was recovered and found to contain 18 glassine envelopes of heroin, stamped “Confidential” in red ink.
The woman, Denise Elder, age 51, also of Newark attempted to conceal a small item in her undergarments. During transport to the sheriff’s Patrol Division headquarters a glassine envelope, stamped “Confidential”, fell from Elder’s undergarments to the floor of the police vehicle. Elder was also found to be the subject of two open warrants issued by the Morristown municipal court.
Also arrested at the scene were Troy Reed, age 48, and Kenneth Williams, age 34, both of Newark. Reed was found to be in possession of three hypodermic needles and one glassine envelope of heroin, stamped “Confidential”. Williams who signaled his alleged accomplice Robinson to turn over the heroin to Elders was found to be in possession of $140 in small denominations.
Robinson was charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of the South 17th Street School, possession of CDS within 500 feet of Westside Park, conspiracy to violate New Jersey’s narcotics laws and resisting arrest.
Elder was charged with possession of CDS.
Williams was charged with possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of South 17th Street School and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of Westside Park.
Reed was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needles. Reed was also found to be the subject of an open warrant for non-support.
Sheriff Fontoura said that earlier in the day another quality of life operation was conducted at Glenfield Park.
Officers observed two suspects at the Maple Avenue side of the park who matched descriptions of drug peddlers made by a local resident who provided the Sheriff’s Office with an anonymous tip.
When the suspects spotted the officers they fled from the scene on bicycles.
During pursuit, one of the suspects jumped from his bicycle and eluded the officers by running through backyards on Maple Avenue. The officers continued to pursue the other suspect, Fard Murray, age 27, of Montclair. The sheriff’s officers observed Murray toss a clear plastic bag into a drainage sewer in front of 18 Maple Avenue.
Murray was eventually cut-off by the officers. After a brief struggle with the officers, Murray was arrested and placed in handcuffs.
Murray’s package was recovered from the sewer and it was found to contain five zip-lock bags of marijuana.
The suspect was charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of Glenfield School, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of Glenfield Park and resisting arrest.
Sheriff’s officers continue to look for Murray’s accomplice.
At today’s arraignment, Judge Marilyn Williams ordered Williams held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash bond only. Robinson’s bail was set at $25,000. Elder and Reed were previously ordered to appear in Newark municipal court on July 7th.
Judge Williams ordered Murray held at the county jail on a bail of $15,000.