Bloomfield Drug Delivery Interrupted; Suspect Arrested PDF Print E-mail

Newark – A Bloomfield drug suspect was arraigned today following his arrest on Friday by Essex County sheriff’s narcotics detectives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were tipped off by a confidential source that a major delivery of cocaine was scheduled to be delivered to the intersection of Belleville Avenue and Davey Street in Bloomfield on Friday afternoon by a person in a white 2006 BMW.

Sheriff Fontoura said that the plainclothes BON detectives staked out the intersection and conducted surveillance operations.

At 4:00 p.m., Joanthony Maldonado, age 26, of Bloomfield arrived at that location in a white 2006 BWM. After exiting the suspect vehicle, sheriff’s BON officers moved in and detained Maldonado. When the suspect made a move for his back pocket he was searched. Maldonado’s back pocket contained two plastic bags with nearly one-half pound of cocaine in rock form. The street value of the narcotics is $20,000.

Maldonado was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of CDS with intent to distribute.

At today’s arraignment in criminal Central Judicial Processing court, Judge Amilkar Velez – Lopez ordered Maldonado held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bond only.