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West Orange Woman Among Dozen Arrested in Narcotics Investigation

Lisa DeRonde, 47, of West Orange charged with charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. Credits: ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

NEWARK, NJ — When seven search warrants were executed this week in Newark, East Orange and Irvington, narcotics valued at $80,000 were recovered and 12 people were arrested, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino.

Among those arrested was West Orange resident Lisa DeRonde, 47, who was charged with charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.

The investigation was conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, along with local, state and federal agencies. Ultimately, approximately $80,000 worth of heroin and marijuana was seized along with $10,000 in cash and three handguns, according to Laurino.

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The following individuals were also arrested:

Andre Mims, 41, of Irvington was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

Herbert Cheeks, 52, of Newark was charged with unlawful possession of weapon and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws of New Jersey.

Gregory Mims, 43, of East Orange was charged with conspiracy, possession of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Lateefa Monroe, 34, of Newark was charged with conspiracy, possession of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Christopher Kays, 29, of Succasunna, Joseph DeLorenzo, 30, of Landing, Stephanie Steffano, 31, of Dover, Jamel Tyler, 30, of North Brunswick, Karrien Warren, 38, of Newark and Kasimu Shomari, 54, of Newark were all charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. 

Jameelah Kennedy, 39, of East Orange was charged with possession of marijuana.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

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