AG announces action to reduce risk of fatal overdoses during COVID-19 crisis

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies, and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced May 21 that New Jersey physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners who prescribe opioids for the management of chronic pain must also prescribe the opioid antidote naloxone to certain at-risk patients […]

Newark man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man was sentenced May 15 to 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin and 240 grams of crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Maurice McPhatter, aka “Ree,” 47, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to […]

Three charged with drug trafficking in Newark housing complex

NEWARK, NJ — Three Newark residents have been charged in connection with their roles in the distribution of heroin — some of which contained fentanyl — and cocaine base, aka crack, in an affordable housing complex and a nearby senior living community in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced April 9. Charged by complaint with […]

Sheriff’s detectives recover nearly $2K in drug proceeds, handgun

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s South Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and close to $2,000 in illegal narcotics proceeds were seized March 12 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested an adult male. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a search […]

Essex County arrests 61 individuals in warrant sweep

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced March 9 that 61 individuals, including three juveniles, with outstanding warrants for committing violent crimes in Essex County were arrested during a month-long initiative called Operation Clean Sweep. “This is a quality-of-life issue. These individuals had outstanding warrants. In some instances, they were charged […]

11 charged in Newark drug-trafficking conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ — Eleven people were charged Feb. 25 for their roles as members and associates of a drug-trafficking organization involved in the distribution of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl and cocaine base, in the Stephen Crane Village Housing Complex in Newark, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. One defendant is also charged with the murder of […]

Sheriff’s Office recovers weapon and narcotics, arrests four

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s Central Ward, a semi-automatic handgun and close to $1,000 in illegal narcotics were seized on the evening of Feb. 20 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested three males and a female. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that officers from his department’s Bureau […]

Newark gang members sentenced to prison

NEWARK, NJ — Five Newark men, who were members of a street gang known as the “Famous Boyz,” have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Feb. 13 press release. Robert Dorrah, 21, aka “Cash Out”; Ibn Saadiq, 22, aka […]

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