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Two arrested in Newark after police find handgun, marijuana in car

Newark- The Newark police have arrested two individuals on weapons and drug charges this after their vehicle just nearly struck a police car. Cloyd Chambers 25 E. Orange and Nelson Njee, 21 Newark where allegedly driving with a loaded hand gun and a small amount of marijuana.

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4 men arrested in Salem are identified, facing numerous drug, weapons charges

4 men arrested in Salem are identified, facing numerous drug, weapons charges

Cumberland county, NJ- Four men where arrested and are facing several drug and weapons charges. The men where apprehended at a local gas station. After serving warrants for search, the police discovered large amounts of pre-packed heroin, cocaine and marijuana along with weapons.

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Lakehurst, NJ man charged with posssession of marijuana

Lakehurst, NJ  man charged with marijuana and other drug related charges

Terrell Reaves, 22, of Manchester and Willingboro was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice, possession of a controlled dangerouse substance in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended, careless driving and having illegal tinted windows.

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Cranford police officer suffers broken hand when narcotics arrest turns violent

A Cranford police officer was hospitalized after a narcotics arrest turned violent during the early morning hours today at Cranford High School.  Officer John Rattigan was conducting a security check of the Cranford High School property at approximately 1:22 a.m. when he saw three men crouching behind a retaining wall located in front of the school building.  With another officer respondeding to assist, the officers approached the group and found all three were to be in possession of suspected marijuana, as well as an open container of alcoholic beverage. As they were being placed under arrest, all three attempted to run away.  

Despite being ordered to stop, Russell Holtz Jr., 19 of Rahway, attempted to flee and was tackled to the ground and handcuffed.   Nathanael Greene, 19 of Cranford physically resisted and had to be wrestled to the ground when he tried to pull away to flee.  He continued to flail his arms and strike at Officer Wagner, and was eventually subdued and restrained with assistance from other officers.  During the melee, Officer Wagner suffered a broken hand and had to undergo surgery later in the day.

Colin Embry, 18 of Westfield, fled the scene on foot towards Berkeley Place, but was identified by police due to his New Jersey driver’s license which was left at the scene.  Embry turned himself in at the Cranford Police Department a few hours later.  As a result of the incident, all three subjects were charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

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Greene was additionally charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and Holtz was charged with underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. Police recovered three zip top bags of suspected marijuana and open bottles of Bacardi Rum and wine at the scene.

Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason believes the incident highlights the dangers his officers face every day. “In this day and age, no community is immune to violence, and no incident is routine,” he stated. “These officers confront criminals and respond to unpredictable situations every day; they place themselves in harm’s way each and every time they come to work. In this particular case it resulted in a serious injury and I wish Officer Wagner a safe and speedy recovery.”

Holtz and Embry were released after processing with a first appearance scheduled in Superior Court on January 3, 2011. Greene was released after posting $5000 bail, also with a first appearance on January 11, 2011.

Barnegat man charged with growing marijuana

Donovan Wainwright has been arrested on drug possession charges after 25 marijuana plants were found at his Ridegway Street home.  He was charged with fourth-degree possession of a prescription drugs, fourth-degree possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police say that six of the plants were approximately two feet tall, while the remaining 19 were approximately a foot tall.

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Police seize $30K in marijuana, arrest two Hillsborough men

Police seized $30,000 worth of marijuana and arrested two Hillsborough men.  Michael Green was charged with third-degree marijuana distribution and possession with intent to distribute and a disorderly persons charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Daren Caesar was charged with third-degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and obstruction of justice.

The men were arrested Thursday after a five-month drug investigation. Police were watching Green’s home when Caesar left with a backpack and officers stopped him on Woods Road in Hillsborough. Police found a pound of marijuana and nine cell phones in his car. 

Authorities later pulled over Green after he left his home. Police found more than four pounds of marijuana in his bedroom, two digital scales, a vacuum sealer and a box of vacuum sealing bags.

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Police raid leads to five arrests

Five people were arrested on various drug charges Thursday evening, following a month-long investigation by Brick Township police.  Those arrested were: Peter Perea of N. Sailors Quay Drive; Daniel B. Lees of Hawaii Drive; Steven T. Reedy of Schindler Drive; Jill R. Mulligan of Emerald Drive, and Russell N. Hand of Buena Vista Drive.

All were arrested after a search warrant was executed at 57 N. Sailors Quay Drive.  Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,300 cash were seized.  From my experience, I am sure that charges against several of the defendant will be dismissed especially if good lawyers are involved.  In these cases, police tend to arrest everyone that is there and then sort it all out later.

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Retired NYPD cop and two sons charged in Barnegat with drug possession

Barnegat Police raided the house of retired New York City police officer Salvatore Costa.  Costa, and his sons Guiseppe and Salvatore were all arrested.  Inside, police allegedly found unknown quantities of steroids,  cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and other drug paraphernalia.  An undisclosed amount of cash and two handguns that were properly registered were also seized. 

Salvatore Costa Sr is charged with two third-degree counts of drug possession, as well as possession of paraphernalia and a hypodermic syringe.  I’d like to know why he is not charged with intent to distribute.  It could really impact the case moving forward.

Salvatore Costa Jr is charged with two counts of third-degree drug possession, third-degree drug possession with the intent to distribute, third-degree drug distribution and fourth-degree evidence tampering as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Guiseppe Costa is charged with third-degree drug possession, third-degree drug possession with the intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.

Family co-defendant cases are always interesting since you know that no one is going to flip on the others.  Thus, everyone usually moves together.  I know it looks bad for this family, but if they get good attorneys, it should turn out good for them.  I’ve done much better with worse.  Story is here.

Steroids, guns and cash allegedly found at the home of Salvatore Costa, 48, when police raided his home on Sterling Lane in Barnegat on Wednesday.

670 pot plants seized from alleged pot farm

Eric Defelice was arrested and charged with first-degree maintaining and operating a controlled dangerous production facility.  The farm allegedly  used hydroponics techniques and was located inside a single-family dwelling at 110 N. 10th St.

Police allege that he operation seems to have been running fora few years because of the equipment that was found at the home. That consisted of hydroponics equipment, transformers, high-voltage lights, a self-contained exhaust ventilation system and an air purification unit and fan.

This is a tough case as it would be tough to take this case to trial. It is hard to argue that you didn’t notice 670 marijuana plants in your house and that someone else must have put them there.  You also can’t say that these are for your own use.  I’m sure the police had a search warrant and those are rarely easy to attack. 

I would want to know more about his life and whether he was a big pot guy or whether he was living an expensive lifestyle.  I’ve had cases like this before and have had great success at focusing more on the character of the client than the facts of the case. 

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20-year-old from Marlboro charged with 15 drug-related crimes for allegedly using teenage girls to sell marijuana

Michael Lobianco, of Marlboro, is being held in lieu of $320,000 bail after his arrest on Saturday. Police allege that two girls, 15 and 16, conducted a series of transactions in Keansburg involving marijuana purchased by Lobianco for distribution. 

He is charged with two counts of using a juvenile to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute and seven counts of possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public building, park or school.  In other words, he is facing a ton of problems.

There are no other details of the incident, but I would like to know more about this case.  How did the police link these girls to him?  Do these girls have any credibility?  There are a number of defenses here depending on the evidence.  Either the State has some good evidence or they have a few hunches. 

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