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Essex County Sheriff’s Office


February 9, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105

 Irvington – Following the execution of a search warrant for her basement apartment, a female suspect was arrested on drug charges by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police officers on Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as a result of the search at 356 Union Avenue the detectives seized 81 heroin-filled envelopes, stamped “Black Panther” in red ink and 26 plastic jugs which contained ‘crack’ cocaine.

“The subject of our joint investigation, Yolanda Thomas, 48, was taken into custody without further incident at that time,” Sheriff Fontoura said.

The street value of the narcotics is $1,100.

Thomas was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1000 of University Middle School.

The suspect was lodged at the county jail where she awaits a bail hearing.