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 […]

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 […]

Sheriff’s Office donates more than 600 turkeys to the needy

Sheriff’s Office donates more than 600 turkeys to the needy

NEWARK, NJ — Nearly 600 turkeys and hundreds of other food items filled more than 10 trucks, SUVs and vans as the Essex County Sheriff’s Office completed its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the needy and homeless. This is the 30th year that Sheriff Armando Fontoura and officers have worked with the community for this […]

Drug bust recovers semiautomatic handgun and $3300 in illegal drugs

Drug bust recovers semiautomatic handgun and $3300 in illegal drugs

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s South Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and more than $3,300 in illegal narcotics were seized Nov. 19 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested two adult men and a male juvenile, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura […]

Sheriff’s Office concludes Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

Sheriff’s Office concludes Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

NEWARK, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Nov. 20 the conclusion of the Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation throughout all of Essex County’s 22 municipalities. The sheriff said this initiative, funded by grants awarded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, was undertaken to prevent further deaths […]

County honors Chris Morgan posthumously at Veterans Day observance

County honors Chris Morgan posthumously at Veterans Day observance

NEWARK, NJ — At the annual Essex County Veterans Day Observance in Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark on Friday, Nov. 1, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran who represents the 11th District, joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. During the ceremony, the county executive posthumously presented an Essex County Community Star Award […]

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