10-month investigation finds 49 drug suspects, NJ officials say
Updated On: Apr 22 2013 02:14:18 PM CDT
A 10-month investigation by New Jersey officials has netted 49 arrests, targeting heroin users and distributors.
The undercover operation, called "Operation Day Tripper," was launched after a string of burglaries in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, starting last year, officials said.
The common denominator among the burglaries and suspects was addictive narcotic drugs, officials said.
The Hunterdon County prosecutor's office teamed up with detectives and officers from Flemington Borough, Clinton Twp., Town of Clinton, Lambertville, Raritan and Raedington townships and N.J. State Police.
The purpose of the operation was to disrupt heroin trafficking in the county, officials said.
“We had clear evidence that the effects of addictive narcotic drugs were causing an increase in other crimes across the county,” said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns.
Kearns also said that Hunterdon County is a gateway for drug distribution in New Jersey. Interstate 78 runs right through Hunterdon and connects the ports of New York and New Jersey to the entire state and Pennsylvania.
Hunterdon has also seen a dramatic spike in gang activity.
“We aren’t going to sugarcoat this. This county has drug dealers, drug addicts, and street gangs, and they are affecting the quality of life here,” said Kearns.
Officials have deemed Operation Day Tripper a success-- the 47 suspects were arrested on charges ranging from simple possession to possession with intent to distribute heroin as well as possession of hypodermic syringes and paraphernalia.
Over 3000 bags of heroin were seized during the operation as were six vehicles and over $6000 in cash.
Multiple fugitives were arrested, including two subjects wanted for robbery in Newark. Other burglary suspects were also arrested during the surveillance operations.
Additionally, a large scale heroin importation operation was disrupted during the investigation.
A package containing six and a half pounds of pure raw heroin was intercepted upon delivery to an apartment in Flemington. The heroin was secreted in food products and imported from Honduras via JFK Airport.
Anyone with information about drug activity in Hunterdon County can submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to www.crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging “HCTIPS” plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Tipsters can also download the free mobile app “Tipsubmit” and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging.
All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.
Those arrested are:
Wendy Miner – Flemington – Age 47
Tamyra Harris – Trenton – Age 37
Brianna Jones – Trenton – Age 21
Marlon Dean – Hamilton – Age 35
Robert Wilson – New Hope, Pa – Age 43
James Winrow – Trenton – Age 18
Timothy Farrell – High Bridge – Age 32
Stefan Weber – Flemington – Age 23
Stephen Davis – Flemington – Age 49
Christopher Volekas– Flemington – Age 58
Randy Adams – Flemington – Age 22
Tasos Tasigiannis – Clinton – Age 21
Jessica Parcel – Flemington – Age 26
Michael Weaver – Annandale – Age 29
Brian Fiorello – Annandale – Age 23
Daniel Keane – Annandale – Age 22
Honora Calamonaco – Flemington – Age 31
James Buccos – Raritan Township – Age 44
Stacey Alberti – Flemington – Age 35
James Roach – Flemington – Age 51
Jamie Blevins – Flemington – Age 32
Edward Hala III – Flemington – Age 36
Stacey E. Badore – Flemington – Age 42
Judith Lance-Lannigan – Flemington – Deceased
Wade McFadden Jr – Newark – Age 45
Emma J. Lefkowitz – Peapack – Age 33
Frankie Massenberg – Flemington – Age 44
Sharon Harris – Flemington – Age 43
Donald J. Luster III – Glen Gardner – Age 26
Danielle R. Miller – Glen Gardner – Age 20
Edward C. White – Trenton – Age 34
Angela Marino – Trenton – Age 19
Bryson A. Gomez – Raritan Township – Age 23
Amanda M. Guerra – Stockton – Age 24
Phillip J. Brown – New Brunswick – Age 27
Jermaine Grant – Easton - Age 26
Jennifer L. Voigt – Bethlehem, Pa – Age 30
Meriah Bartee – Newark – Age 30
James E. Higgins, Jr. – Flemington – Age 27
Brett R. Fisher – Raritan Township – Age 37
Thomas Birmingham - Dunellen – Age 24
Kathryn McFarland – Dunellen – Age 20
Darnell Starks – Newark – Age 23
Asad Majors – East Orange – Age 20
Frank Grigilo – Raritan Boro – Age 21
Matthew Lybik – Glen Gardner – Age 21
Lilly C. Roessner – Trenton – Age 19
Mark Royal – Plainfield – Age 31
Michael Levy – Somerset – Age 30
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