4 Suspects Arrested on Drug Charges
Newark – As a result of two separate undercover investigations conducted on Tuesday by the Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics, four male suspects were arrested and the two principal suspects were arraigned this morning at criminal Central Judiciary Processing court,
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that during a plainclothes surveillance operation near the intersection of Weequahic Avenue and Clinton Place in the city’s South Ward the sheriff’s BON detectives observed Jessie Tullies, age 49 of Hillside, loitering in the area.
“The suspect was well known to our officers from previous arrests,” Fontoura noted.
The sheriff said that shortly after 4:00 p.m. a silver 2009 Dodge Journey pulled up and parked at that location.
The driver, Richard Stratton, age 52 of Millington, N. J., exited his vehicle and engaged in a brief conversation with Tullies,
Tullies then walked to the front of 243 Weequahic Avenue and removed a plastic bag that was secreted in a bush. The suspect removed items from the bag and exchanged them for cash with Stratton.
Believing they had witnessed a drug transaction, the sheriff’s BON detectives followed Stratton as he drove away from the scene. Stratton was pulled over on Lyons Avenue and, when questioned, admitted that he was in possession of two bags of cocaine. At that point, Stratton was placed under arrest.
Sheriff’s officers at the scene then moved in to further investigate. The plastic bag was recovered and found to contain an additional 24 bags of cocaine. Tullies was taken into custody.
Tullies was charged with the sale of a controlled dangerous substance, the sale of CDS within 1000 feet of George Washington Carver School, possession of CDS,
possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of George Washington Carver School.
At today’s arraignment, Judge Arthur Batista ordered Fairley held at the county jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bond,
Stratton was charged with possession of CDS and released. He will appear in court at a later date.
Sheriff Fontoura added that earlier on Tuesday afternoon his BON detectives conducted a similar surveillance operation at Frelinghuysen Avenue and Whittier Place.
At this location, Jahkwei Fairley, age 22 of Newark, was observed in conversation with Thomas Rizzolo, age 54 of Belleville.
As a result of their talk, Fairley reached into his pants pocket and exchanged items with Rizzolo for cash.
Rizzolo walked away from the scene but was followed by the BON detectives. He was detained a few blocks away and ordered to produce the items he had received from Fairley which were two glassine envelopes, containing heroin, and stamped ‘HOT SAUCE” in red ink.
Sheriff Fontoura said that when the BON detectives moved in to investigate Fairley the suspect ran from the scene.
During a foot chase through numerous backyards and over fences, Fairley pulled a black baseball cap from his waistband and threw it to the ground.
“When Fairley found himself surrounded by our detectives,” Fontoura said, “he charged at them and they were forced to administer oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray) to subdue him.”
Fairley was placed under arrest and five additional envelopes of heroin were found on his person.
Fairley’s baseball cap was also recovered and it was found to contain an additional 225 decks of heroin and eleven vials of ‘crack’ cocaine.
Fairley was charged with 2 counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing complex (Seth Boyden). He was also
charged with the sale of CDS, the sale of CDS with 500 feet of public housing and resisting arrest.
At today’s arraignment, Judge Arthur Batista ordered Fairley held at the county jail in lieu of $70,000 bond.
Rizzolo was charged with possession of CDS and loitering in an area to obtain CDS. He was also found to be the subjects of an open Superior Court warrant for willful non-support and a criminal warrant issued by the Newark municipal court.
Rizzolo was lodged at the county jail and will appear in court on the new charges and old warrants at a later date.