Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will hold a Fall Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Twenty-one police departments in Essex County have free and anonymous collection sites where residents can drop off old and unwanted prescription medications. The event is co-sponsored by the Essex County Division of Community Health, the Federal Drug […]

WOPD helps those with addiction through Operation HOPE, seeks volunteers

WOPD helps those with addiction through Operation HOPE, seeks volunteers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department, in collaboration with community partners, launched Operation HOPE in November 2016. It is a voluntary program offering drug turn-in and treatment with assistance that is aimed at placing those with an addiction into drug treatment instead of jail. The program is dedicated to reducing the impact […]

Newark man admits role in drug distribution

NEWARK, NJ — On Oct. 11, a Newark man admitted possessing heroin that was seized from him at Newark Penn Station, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jeremy Lorenzo, 30, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin. According […]

Grant to allow Integrity House to launch recovery center in Newark

Grant to allow Integrity House to launch recovery center in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Integrity House, one of the largest nonprofit providers of substance use disorder treatment in the state of New Jersey, announced that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Integrity House $1.1 million over the next three years to launch a Women’s Recovery Center in Newark. Funded through SAMHSA’s […]

Correctional officer pleads guilty to drug smuggling

NEWARK, NJ — Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced that a suspended senior correctional police officer at Northern State Prison in Newark pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to smuggling fentanyl and marijuana to an inmate in the prison in exchange for money. Roberto Reyes-Jackson, 30, of Irvington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit official misconduct before Superior […]

East Orange man convicted of drug distribution

East Orange man convicted of drug distribution

IRVINGTON, NJ — An Essex County jury has convicted Willie C. Moore, 40, currently of East Orange, of eight counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute opioids, including oxycodone, endocet, alprazolam and heroin, according to an Oct. 8 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Following a trial before Superior Court Judge […]

Member of ‘Famous Boyz’ street gang admits drug-trafficking conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ — One of 17 defendants arrested in connection with a Newark street gang known as the “Famous Boyz” admitted Oct. 2 that he distributed narcotics as part of a drug-trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Ibn Saadiq, aka “Zero,” 22, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in […]

Bloomfield man convicted in check fraud scheme

Bloomfield man convicted in check fraud scheme

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Oct. 2, an Essex County jury has convicted Woody Armand, 44, of Bloomfield, of unlawful possession of a handgun, trafficking in personal information, forgery, and unlawful possession of heroin and oxycodone, following a trial before Superior Court Judge Verna Leath, according to a press release from acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore […]

Law enforcement raid in Newark finds drugs, semi-automatic weapon

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 18, a law enforcement task force, comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and detectives from the Newark, Bloomfield and Irvington police departments, executed a search warrant for a West Ward residence in the city and recovered nearly $30,000 in illegal narcotics and a powerful semi-automatic weapon. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said […]

NJ Human Services provides opioid antidote to homeless shelters

TRENTON, NJ — NJ Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced Sept. 17 that the Department is delivering the opioid overdose antidote naloxone for free to participating shelters serving the homeless as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to get naloxone into as many hands as possible to help save lives. “Nearly 1,200 doses of the […]

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