Sniffing Out Guns, Drugs & Cash
During Police Week Ceremonies at Veterans Courthouse on May 17th, Sheriff Armando Fontoura (left) presented departmental Commendations to K-9 handlers, Det. Carmelo Vinci (center), a resident of Belleville, and Det. Tahir Brown (right), a resident of Montclair. While on duty with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Vinci’s K-9 “Chex” (pictured) and Brown’s K-9 “Yuma” used their amazing olfactory powers to root out a semi-automatic handgun, 3 pounds of marijuana, drug processing materials and $3,000 in drug cash that were secreted at a Newark drug den. Undersheriff Kevin Ryan (2nd from left) and Lieutenant John Tully (2nd from right) were also on hand to commend the officers and their canines.