Drug Distribution Hub Raided In Newark
NEWARK – Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow and
Lieutenant Colonel Juan Mattos of the New Jersey State Police
announced today that detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s
Narcotics Task Force and members of the State Police arrested
30 individuals as part of a comprehensive raid of the Bradley
Court Housing Complex in Newark. In addition, detectives
seized in excess of 3,700 vials of cocaine with a street
value of $37,000, more than 8,000 decks of heroin with a
street value of $100,000, three firearms and approximately
$30,000 in U.S. Currency.
“For too long this housing complex served as a major drug distribution
hub in this county. Drug dealers and buyers viewed it as a virtual shopping
mall to buy and sell drugs,” said Prosecutor Dow. “Today,
we have taken back this community by placing this operation out of business.”
According to Prosecutor Dow, more than 100 law enforcement officers
participated in this morning’s raid.
“Since this is a war to rescue a community from the ravages of
the drug trade, we brought in an army of troopers and other law enforcement
officers. We won this particular battle, but this housing complex cannot
be allowed to fall back under the control of the drug dealers who robbed
the residents of their right to a safe community,” said Lt. Col.
Mattos, Deputy Superintendent for State Police Operations.
The investigation, known as Operation Chainsaw, began in the Fall of
2005. The area has long been plagued by illegal drug sales and ancillary
criminal activity, added Thomas S. Fennelly, Director of the Essex County
Narcotics Task Force.
According to Fennelly, undercover detectives of the Operation conducted
more than 30 drug buys during the investigation. Extensive surveillance
was conducted throughout the housing complex.
“It is our goal to improve the quality of life for the residents
of this community by ending the constant fear of being held hostage to
drug dealers,” said Dow.
All suspects have been lodged in the Essex County Jail pending arraignment
in the Essex County Central Judicial Processing Court. Search warrants
were authorized by the Honorable Joseph Isabella, an Essex County Superior
Names of the defendants will be available on Essex County Prosecutor’s
Web site www.njecpo.org later today.
The charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed to be
innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. For further information,
please contact Director/Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly at (973)
274-2816 or (973) 390-0878.
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