27 charged in takedown of Newark open-air drug market

NEWARK, NJ — Twenty-seven people have been charged for their roles as members, associates and suppliers of a Newark-based drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine and used firearms to protect their illegal operation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced June 18. The charges and arrests resulted from a long-running wiretap investigation led by the […]

Five members of violent Newark drug enterprise indicted

NEWARK, NJ — Five alleged members of a large-scale narcotics enterprise were charged for their respective roles in several murders, firearms offenses and conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced June 5. Michael Healy, 38, of Montclair, the alleged leader of the enterprise; and Leevander Wade, 39; Ali Hill, 26; Thomas Zimmerman, […]

NJ AG sues 8 Sackler family members, alleges greed triggered opioid crisis

TRENTON, NJ – N.J. Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal announced May 30 that the state has filed a lawsuit against eight members of Purdue Pharma’s founding Sackler family, alleging that “their greed-driven opioid marketing and sales strategy fomented the opioid crisis that continues to claim lives in New Jersey and across the nation.” Filed May […]

Irvington man convicted of multiple drug offenses

Irvington man convicted of multiple drug offenses

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced May 17 that an Essex County jury convicted Keshawn Tucker, 44, of Irvington, of six drug-related offenses, following a trial before Superior Court Judge Arthur J. Batista. Tucker was convicted of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin and […]

Free fentanyl detection strips available to public from WOPD

Free fentanyl detection strips available to public from WOPD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department is embarking on a new program to help prevent accidental poisoning by fentanyl, according to a May 2 press release from the township. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than the traditional organic plant based opioid derivatives, such […]

Law enforcement seizes 25 pounds of marijuana

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Two suspects were arrested on the afternoon of May 2 and more than 25 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash were recovered by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and police officers from Belleville and Bloomfield. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the task force conducted a […]

Countywide Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

Countywide Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Division of Community Health, along with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., joined with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association to hold Drug Take Back Day and […]

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