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Prosecutors Delay Case Involving Hackensack Cops Who Allegedly Conducted Illegal Search

Posted in Drug Crimes

Drug Possession Attorney in HackensackThe Hackensack cops accused of conducting an illegal search and seizure in a drug case could soon face criminal charges.

Seven officers with the Hackensack Police Department are already charged with multiple criminal offenses, including mishandling evidence and falsifying reports. The charges are related to an incident in which the cops allegedly entered a Hackensack NJ apartment despite lacking probable cause and not having a valid search warrant. The search reportedly led to the discovery of illegal drugs and the arrest of an apartment resident for drug possession.

If the police suspects are ultimately convicted, they could receive jail time. Moreover, it is possible that the suspects would be terminated from their jobs with the Hackensack Police Department.

It is important to note that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office recently recommended that the cases be temporarily halted. That’s because the suspects were suspended by the Hackensack Police Department, a move that could compromise the criminal case against them.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Allegations Against 7 Cops Put Criminal Cases on Hold, Report Says.”

Garfield NJ Woman Faces DWI Charges for Fatal Accident in Paramus

Posted in DWI Offenses

Paramus Drunk Driving LawyerA Garfield, New Jersey woman has been charged with death by auto after she allegedly caused a fatal drunk driving accident in Paramus, NJ.

The suspect is a 23-year-old resident of Garfield, NJ. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect was drunk when she crashed her motor vehicle near the Paramus Mall around 1:00 a.m. The auto accident reportedly happened in the area of the Olive Garden restaurant at Bergen Town Center.

Authorities believe that the suspect was operating a 2001 Mustang and traveling along Route 4 East when she lost control of the car. The force of impact in the accident caused the ejections of three people inside the motor vehicle.

Two passengers died, while the third injured passenger survived his injuries. The suspect also survived the accident.

Now the suspect has been placed under arrest and charged with two counts of death by auto. She has also been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving in connection with the car accident.

For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Driver Charged in Paramus Crash That Killed 2 Women.”

Police Arrest Man Accused of Sexual Assault in Fort Lee, NJ

Posted in Sex Crimes

Sexual Assault Lawyers in Fort Lee NJFort Lee NJ police recently arrested a local man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teen girl.

The suspect is a 43-year-old resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect committed the sex offense in Fort Lee.

The Fort Lee Police Department got a report about the suspect sexually assaulting the 19-year-old victim. Fort Lee NJ police then contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The two law enforcement agencies then opened an investigation into the sex crime allegations.

Bergen County detectives talked to the victim and eventually made the determination that there was enough evidence to charge the suspect with felony-level offenses.

The suspect currently faces criminal charges for sexual assault. It is possible that the suspect will face additional criminal charges, depending on the outcome of the police investigation.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.

For additional information about this case, read the Englewood Patch article, “Bergen Man, 43, Charged with Sexually Assaulting 19-Year-Old.”

Newark Suspect Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking Charges in North Jersey

Posted in Sex Crimes

Hackensack Sex Crime SuspectA Newark, NJ woman will be spending time behind bars after reaching a deal with prosecutors and pleading guilty to human trafficking charges in Bergen County, NJ.

The suspect is a 29-year-old female from Newark in Essex County, NJ. According to Bergen County law enforcement officials, the suspect was part of a prostitution ring that placed a 16-year-old girl into “sexual slavery.” The illegal prostitution operation was run out of North Jersey.

The young victim was reported missing out of Brooklyn, NY. Police later found her working as an escort for the NJ prostitution business.

Prosecutors said that the suspect threatened to harm the underage victim unless she engaged in prostitution and had sex with clients in exchange for money.

The suspect was allegedly in charge of the prostitution, while other works in the prostitution ring allegedly performed other tasks like arranging advertising services.

The suspect was able to avoid a trial in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ by reached a plea agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The suspect has pleaded guilty to second degree facilitating human trafficking. When the suspect appears in court for official sentencing, she faces a potential sentence of six years in New Jersey State Prison.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Woman Admits Trapping Missing Teen in ‘Life of Sexual Slavery.’”

NY Man, NJ Man Face Heroin Distribution Charges in Paramus

Posted in Drug Crimes

Paramus Heroin Possession AttorneysPolice in Paramus, NJ recently arrested two men accused of distributing heroin in Bergen County, New Jersey.

A Paramus police officer was on patrol on Route 17 North when he reportedly saw the suspects in a grey 2007 Dodge Charger and going over the speed limit. The officer stopped the suspects and approached their vehicle.

The driver, a 20-year-old Albany, NY, man, raised the police officer’s suspicions during questioning. Paramus NJ law enforcement then searched the car and allegedly found 1,800 bags filled with a pound of heroin. According to officials, the illegal drugs have a street value of approximately $15,000.

Both the driver of the car and the passenger, a 45-year-old Jersey City NJ man, were arrested. They have been charged with a drug crime for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. If convicted on the heroin distribution charges, the suspect could be sentenced to time in NJ State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspects were taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.

For further information about this case, go to the Teaneck Patch article, “Rt. 17 Speeders Caught with $15K Worth of Heroin in Paramus.”

Suspect Reportedly Busted with Marijuana During Traffic Stop in Fort Lee

Posted in Drug Crimes

Fort Lee NJ Marijuana LawyerFort Lee NJ police officers recently arrested someone who allegedly possessed marijuana and other illegal drugs while he drove through the borough.

The suspect is a 32-year-old man from Milford, Delaware. Fort Lee patrol officers stopped his vehicle, a Nissan, on Routes 1&9 South around 1:00 a.m. after they allegedly saw him commit multiple traffic offenses, including speeding, tailgating another car, and using a cell phone while driving.

When the Fort Lee cops walked toward the suspect’s car, a Nissan, they reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the car. A Fort Lee K-9 later searched the vehicle and allegedly found two pounds of marijuana hidden in the trunk. Police officers also reportedly found four ounces of psilocybin mushrooms in the trunk.

The suspect was arrested and charged with multiple drug crimes, including distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was also issued citations for several traffic violations.

For additional information about this case, read the Fort Lee Patch article, “Fort Lee K-9 Finds 2 Lbs. of Marijuana During Traffic Stop: Police.”

Fort Lee Police Arrest Suspect Accused of Money Laundering

Posted in Fraud Offenses

Fort Lee NJ Fraud LawyersPolice in Fort Lee, New Jersey recently arrested a NY man after they allegedly found him hiding $50,000 in cash in his motor vehicle.

The suspect is a 50-year-old man from New York City. According to authorities, the suspect was the subject of an illegal drug distribution investigation launched by Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detectives.

Detectives reportedly stopped the suspect’s vehicle, a 2006 Honda Pilot, on a Fort Lee road and then searched the vehicle. During the search, police reportedly came across $49,700 in money that had been placed into a secret compartment.

Authorities arrested the suspect and charged him with money laundering. The suspect has not yet been charged with any drug crimes because police officers did not find drugs inside his car.

If the suspect is convicted on the money laundering charges, he could potentially be sentenced to time in NJ State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released from police custody. He will need to make an appearance in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack to answer the criminal charges.

For more information about this case, read the Fort Lee Patch article, “Man with $49K in Car Charged with Money Laundering.”

Man Shot by Police in Fort Lee, NJ

Posted in Assault Offenses

Fort Lee Criminal AttorneyFort Lee NJ police officers recently shot a man who was reportedly causing concern for a woman by lurking outside her window.

According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the woman saw the suspect hiding in the bushes near her home. The victim contacted the Fort Lee Police Department, which then sent cops to the scene.

When Fort Lee officers got to the residence, located at 485 Summit Avenue in Fort Lee, they reportedly came across the suspect. A violent encounter ensued and the police officers reportedly used their police-issued firearms to shoot the suspect.

The suspect was then taken to Hackensack University Medical Center so that he could receive emergency medical attention.

Fort Lee authorities have not yet released very many details about the events that led up to the police shooting incident. It is unclear if the suspect might have threatened the officers or tried to assault them before they opened fire.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure in such cases.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Authorities Probing Police-Involved Shooting in Fort Lee.”

Alleged Serial Toll Violator Arrested in Fort Lee, NJ

Posted in Traffic Violations

Fort Lee Traffic LawyersA Newark, NJ man allegedly failed to pay $88,000 in tolls and fees. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect committed the traffic violations when he used the George Washington Bridge toll plaza in Fort Lee, NJ numerous times without paying the required tolls.

The suspect is a 60-year-old man from Newark in Essex County, NJ. He was pulled over by Port Authority police officers after they reportedly observed him use an E-ZPass lane at the GW Bridge without showing an active E-ZPass in his car.

When police ran a computer check on the suspect, they discovered that his E-ZPass was no longer valid. The computer check by police also reportedly indicated that the suspect had 1,510 toll violations totaling approximately $88K in unpaid tolls and fees. Around half of those toll violations allegedly happened at Port Authority crossings, while the other half reportedly happened on the NJ Turnpike.

The suspect was arrested by Port Authority cops and charged with theft of service and toll evasion.

After the suspect was placed under arrest, his motor vehicle was impounded by police.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested at GW Bridge Owes $88K in Tolls and Violations, Cops Say.”

Bergen County Men Sentenced to Prison for Heroin Distribution in South Jersey

Posted in Drug Crimes

Drug Lawyers in Elmwood Park NJAn Elmwood Park NJ man and a Lodi NJ man will be spending years in prison after they pleaded guilty to heroin distribution charges in New Jersey.

The suspects were reportedly engaged in heroin trafficking across NJ, which included moving the illegal narcotics from Passaic County to Atlantic County and Ocean County in the South Jersey region. Atlantic County prosecutors said that the suspects cut the heroin with fentanyl so that they could sell greater quantities to South Jersey street dealers.

Detectives with multiple law enforcement agencies investigated the drug distribution operation and eventually placed the suspects under arrest. In fact, members of an Atlantic City Police Task Force arrested 19 people in connection with the heroin distribution ring. Authorities also allegedly seized around 16,000 doses of heroin.

The suspects were subsequently charged with several drug crimes, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

The suspects who recently pleaded guilty are a 27-year-old resident of Elmwood Park NJ and a 40-year-old resident of Lodi NJ. The men avoided trial in the drug crime case by reaching a plea agreement with Atlantic County prosecutors.

Now the suspects are headed to prison after an Atlantic County Superior Court judge sentenced each man to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For additional information about this case, go to the Wyckoff Patch article, “Bergen Men Each Get 10 Years for Supplying Statewide Heroin Ring.”