Authorities seek assistance in solving murder

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Marquis Forman, 27, of East Orange, according to an April 15 press release. On Jan. 15 at approximately 7:42 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sheriff’s detectives recover handgun, $2K in drugs during stop

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and close to $2,000 in illegal narcotics were seized the evening of Jan. 16 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested an adult male. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted […]

Law enforcement seizes more than $9,000 in drug-trafficking investigation

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, more than $9,000 in illegal narcotics and narcotics sales were seized Dec. 26 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested two adult males, according to a press release from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers […]

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 13, Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced final results of “Operation Jacked” and “Operation 17 Corridor,” major investigations and prosecutions that targeted international carjacking and stolen car-trafficking rings. The operations led to arrests and charges against more than 50 ring members in 2014 and 2015, and recovery of approximately 250 stolen […]

Sheriff’s officers provide toys to needy children

Sheriff’s officers provide toys to needy children

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — To help ensure that all local little boys and girls were not shut out of their holiday dreams, a team of eight Essex County sheriff’s pickup trucks and SUVs departed Veterans Courthouse morning to make their rounds at houses of worship, schools and social service agencies to deliver greetings and gifts […]

Sheriff’s officers rescue abandoned, unresponsive infant girl

NEWARK, NJ — An abandoned and unresponsive infant girl was rescued from an illegally parked motor vehicle outside Veterans Memorial Park the morning of Dec. 10 by Essex County Sheriff’s officers, according to a press release. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said officers were on routine patrol when they spotted the vehicle.  “Immediately upon approaching the illegally […]

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

Sheriff’s office to disband K-9 Unit in the new year

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — At the start of the new year, the four-legged members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will be hanging up their leashes. Effective Jan. 1, the Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, which has been in action since 1987, will be disbanded. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the officers in this unit […]