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.”

Sign Up for E-News

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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Montclair-Kimberley Academy Track Coach Dies While Coaching

April 19, 2017

VERONA, NJ - Tom Fleming, varsity track coach and teacher at Montclair-Kimberley Academy, died suddenly on Wednesday night. 

Eyewitnesses have reported that 65-year-old Fleming died during a meet at the track in Verona.  Many people whose lives have been touched by Fleming have expressed their disbelief and condolences.  

In 1973 and 1975, Fleming won the New York City ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_bf1a7f5ff444faf2f608_jamie_novak_photo

Wed, April 26, 6:30 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

"Keep This Toss That"

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Carousel_image_ee005fa57805c1ff9859_screen_shot_2017-04-15_at_12.18.18_pm

Tue, May 2, 8:30 AM

Park Avenue Club, Florham Park

5th Annual Small Business Week Celebration - ...

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_347087beb16929f53a44_silver_sparrow_2_image

Tue, May 2, 6:30 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

"Silver Sparrow" Book Discussion

Arts & Entertainment

Good Egg Hunting

Here lies Dad In The Box.  He was a good egg.

 

I probably should have greater aspirations in life, but I suppose there are far worse ways to be remembered.   

 

Being a good egg an old fashioned, aw-shucks kind of way of saying someone is a kind-hearted person.  Maybe even honorable or generous.  At the very least, still within a likeable sell-by ...