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48 Charged in Essex County Takedown

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NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that 48 individuals, including one juvenile,  were arrested as part of a major takedown following the execution of six search warrants; five in Newark and one in East Orange. One of the arrests was for murder and a second was for conspiracy to commit murder.  

Dubbed Operation T.I.D.E. (Targeted Integrated Deployment Enforcement), the five-month investigation, centered on violence, drugs, guns and murder in Essex County mainly in the city of Newark. Eleven of those charged remain at-large. 

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force led the investigation with the assistance of the Passaic, Morris, Bergen, and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Offices along with the New Jersey State Police, the Bloomfield, East Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Paramus Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. 

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Acting Prosecutor Murray commended the men and women of the Narcotics Task Force as well as her law enforcement partners who assisted in this operation.

“We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners to rid the county of crime, drugs and violence and make it a safer place live, work and visit, ’’said Acting Prosecutor Murray.

The drug ring was operated by members of 793 set of the Bloods in Essex County. Those arrested include residents from Essex, Monmouth and Morris. Those arrested who did not live in Essex County drove from their homes in other counties to purchase drugs in the City of Newark.

“This takedown is an excellent example of how law enforcement is collaborating in Newark to target the drug dealers and gang members who are driving gun violence in the city,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman.  “The guns, heroin and Oxycotin seized in this operation speak to the dual threat posed by this network, which controlled its turf with violence while fueling the deadly epidemic of opiate addiction gripping our communities.”

Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said, “Gang related crimes do not follow jurisdictional lines and therefore partnerships are the only way to confront these violent and organized groups. We are all committed to sharing intelligence and resources to make our cities and our state safer.’’

The Operation culminated in the seizure of $31,064.00 in cash. Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Promethazine syrup, and Oxycotin with a street value of $10,000 were also seized along with four semi-automatic handguns and an assault riffle.  

The following people were arrested by the Task force:

  • Quincy Lowery, 35, of Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS
  • Richard Griffin, 33, of Newark was charged with Possession of CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet Public Housing, Distribution within 1, 000 ft of a School and Conspiracy.
  • Ali Duren, 24, of Newark was charged with Possesion of CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet of Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School, and Conspiracy.
  • Anthony Williams, 33, of East Orange was charged with Possession of CDS with intent to Distribution, Distribution within 500 ft Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School and Conspiracy.
  • Ibn Young, 36, Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Otis James, 32, Newark was charged with Possession of  CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet of Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School and Conspiracy.
  • Marilyn Kidd, 54, of Newark is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • William Bundy, 33, of Oxford is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Francis Milano, 36, of Bradley Beach, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Brianna Jusinski, 35, of West Keansburg, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Donna Beerman, 52, of Neptune was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Colleen Barrett, 39, of Ocean was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Sergio Tapia, 42, of East Hanover was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Michael Grant, 488, of Newark was charged with violation of probation.
  • Cherlshee Bass, 26, of Newark was charged with Possession CDS/ Marijuana.
  • Malik James, 37, of Newark was charged with Possession CDS/ Marijuana.
  • Lenward Miller, 67, of Irvington was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • William McDuffie, 59, of Vaux Hall was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Charles Hilliard, 55, of Hillside was arrested for open warrants in Irvington Municipal Court.
  • William Thomas, 55, of Newark was charged with open warrants.
  • Carmine Conocchi, 29, of Hazlet was charged with Possesion of CDS/Heroin.
  • Clifford Harris, 59, of Irvington was charged with Possession of CDS/Heroin.
  • Jeffrey Dent, 58, of Newark was charged with Possession of CDS/Heroin and Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • MarcAnthony Datziwsky, 46, of Elizabeth was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Anthony Bond, 58, of Nutley was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Darrin B. Mack 2nd, 22, of Union was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS, Distribution of CDS 

Distribution CDS within 500 feet, Distribution CDS within 1,000 feet.

  • Henry Drakeford, 48, of Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.
  • Frank Sassa, 38, o f Matawan was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS. 
  • Daquan D. Harris, 28, of Newark was charged with Distribution of CDS within 1,000 feet of a School & 500 feet of School.
  • Orlando Lee, 57, of Union was charged with Possession of CDS and Conspiracy.

As part of this investigation, on May 29, the following individuals were arrested on South 19th Street in Newark. During this arrest a total five handguns were recovered.

Raheem Glaspie, 23, of Irvington was charged with murder, weapon charges, including possession of a hollow point bullets and an extended magazine, receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. He was charged with the murder of John Betances at 786 South 18th Street, Newark.

Shaquan Leaks, 22, of Hillside was charged with conspiracy to commit murder were for the May 26, shooting homicide at  

Also arrested were:

  • Andre Davis of Newark who was charged with unlawful possession of a 9 mm Beretta handgun, terroristic threats, resisting arrest by flight and being a convicted felon with a gun.
  • Najee Atkins of Newark was charged with unlawful possession of a 9 mm Beretta handgun and resisting arrest by flight. 
  • Keimai Colon of Newark was charged with possession of 10 glassines of heroin and resisting arrest by flight.

Summons complaints were issued for the following individuals:

  • Wesley McAdams was charged with possession of 10 glassines of heroin and resisting arrest by flight.
  • One juvenile was also charged with possession of CDS/150 glassine envelopes of heroin and possession with intent to distribute, possession within a 1,000 feet and resisting arrest by flight.

The investigation is continuing. These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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