17 defendants charged in takedown of Newark’s ‘Famous Boyz’ street gang

17 defendants charged in takedown of Newark’s ‘Famous Boyz’ street gang

NEWARK, NJ — Criminal charges against 17 members, associates and drug suppliers of a Newark street gang that allegedly distributed heroin and crack cocaine and possessed and used firearms in furtherance of the gang’s drug-trafficking activities were announced Oct. 11 by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. The charges are the result of a long-running wiretap investigation […]

District of NJ announces progress with Project Safe Neighborhoods

District of NJ announces progress with Project Safe Neighborhoods

NEWARK, NJ — One year ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has made the centerpiece of the department’s violent crime reduction strategy, according to an Oct. 1 press release from the U.S Attorney’s District of New Jersey Office. PSN is an […]

Caldwell man arrested with assault weapons

Caldwell man arrested with assault weapons

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced on Oct. 3 that Paul Aguilar, 47, of Caldwell, was arrested and charged with possession of assault weapons and drug paraphernalia. Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, whose members include officers from Newark, East Orange and Rutgers University police […]

16 charged in 2nd takedown of Newark drug-trafficking organization

16 charged in 2nd takedown of Newark drug-trafficking organization

NEWARK, NJ — Sixteen people were charged Aug. 21 in connection with their alleged roles in a drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. To date, 27 individuals have been charged in connection to this alleged organization. Anthony Brinson, 27; Kayron Caldwell, 26; Calvin Cheek, 47; Murad […]

Nine charged in $100,000 drug sweep

Nine charged in $100,000 drug sweep

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced Aug. 13 that nine people were charged and more than $100,000 in cash and drugs were seized after warrants were executed in East Orange, Newark and Irvington. A total of $114,497 was seized. Approximately 33 grams of cocaine with an approximate street value of […]

Two teens arrested by sheriff’s department following car crash

NEWARK, NJ — Two 17-year-old males from Montclair and East Orange were arrested Aug. 10 by Essex County sheriff’s and Newark police officers after their reportedly stolen vehicle crashed into a parked truck. The suspect vehicle was also wanted in a Newark shooting incident that occurred earlier on Friday, Aug. 10. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated […]

U.S. Attorney prosecutes 5 in NJ for health care fraud

NEWARK, NJ — The largest health care fraud and opioid enforcement action ever taken by the Justice Department resulted in three guilty pleas and two arrests in northern New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on June 28. Additionally, three individuals from South Jersey and Philadelphia were arrested for their alleged involved in a South […]

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional, who worked at the school from February to September 2017, is currently facing criminal charges in Essex and Morris counties for alleged lewd acts. Kenneth Palmer, 21, of Randolph, is accused of masturbating in front of children and videotaping it, as well as taking inappropriate photos of […]

Girls basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting girl

Girls basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting girl

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced May 31 that Kevin Jimenez, 29, of Belleville, has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It is alleged that Jimenez, a girls’ basketball coach […]

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