Police & Fire

Motor Vehicle Stop in Fairfield Leads to Heroin Arrests

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two Pennsylvania men were arrested in Fairfield on April 13 for possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute after police conducted a traffic stop for a Jeep with an unclear rear license plate.

According to police, Officers Jeffrey Dean and Steven D’Argenio stopped the 2000 Jeep at approximately 2:27 p.m. on Route 80 West. Michael Toth, 35, of Dingmans Ferry, PA and William Braxton, 28, of Lake Ariel, PA were arrested after investigation revealed 300 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin were found secreted in the center console.

“This was a very nice seizure of heroin that was obviously destined for distribution in Pennsylvania,” said Police Chief Anthony Manna. “If not for the alert actions of Officers Dean and D’Argenio, these individuals may have been successful in their efforts.”

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During the stop, according to police, the officers spoke to each individual separately and found that both men were extremely nervous and gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from and who they had met when at that location.

As a result, the officers requested permission to search the vehicle for any illicit material. Toth refused this request. Based upon their investigation to this point, a request was made for a narcotic K-9 to respond to the scene to assist with the investigation.

An Essex County Sheriff’s Department officer and K-9 arrived. The K-9 gave positive indications for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. At this point, the vehicle was secured and towed in order for a search warrant to be obtained.

Once the search warrant was authorized, the glassine envelopes and suspected heroin. Both Toth and Braxton were subsequently arrested, charged and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

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