Rockaway NJ Criminal Defense Attorneys

Rockaway NJ Drug Crime AttorneysPolice officers recently arrested three individuals, including a Rockaway resident, who were allegedly selling crack cocaine and buying crack cocaine at a Newark liquor store.

Newark NJ authorities started an investigation after getting a tip about illegal drug activity at Cline Liquor Store on Clinton Avenue in the city’s South Ward. The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office worked together on the investigation and had detectives conduct surveillance on the liquor store.

Police officers watching the store reporting saw the suspects engage in a drug deal. According to law enforcement, a 28-year-old Newark NJ woman handed crack cocaine to a 36-year-old Rockaway NJ man outside the liquor store.

The Rockaway suspect drove off in a car, with cops following close behind. When police pulled over the suspect and searched his vehicle, they allegedly discovered a Ziploc bag with crack cocaine.

When Newark NJ police officers searched the liquor store, they reportedly found 50 bags of crack cocaine behind a counter.

Two Essex County residents, including one person who reportedly worked at the Newark NJ liquor store, face criminal charges for cocaine distribution, while the Rockaway NJ suspect faces criminal charges for cocaine possession.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Employee Peddled Crack Cocaine from Newark Store.”

Rockaway NJ Theft by Deception LawyersThe former vice president of a Rockaway New Jersey soccer club managed to stay out of prison after pleading guilty to the theft of more than $17,000 in funds from the soccer organization.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed the theft by deception over a four-year period, from April 2011 to July 2015. When he committed the theft, the suspect was the vice president of the Rockaway Boro Rowdies Soccer Club, an organization that gives local children a chance to play soccer. The suspect was also a member of the Rockaway Parks and Recreation Committee.

The Rockaway Borough Police Department started to investigate the suspect after someone associated with the soccer club said that there had been a number of unauthorized withdrawals from the club’s bank account.

Rockaway police officers looked into the allegations and learned that the suspect withdrew the funds and then used the money for his own personal expenses.

Rockaway NJ police handed over the investigation to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, which later brought criminal charges against the suspect for theft by deception.

The suspect later reached a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid incarceration. The suspect was granted admission into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. This is a diversionary program that allows first-time, non-violent offenders to complete a probationary period instead of being sentenced to prison.

The suspect’s deal with prosecutors will require him to pay restitution to the soccer club in the amount of the stolen funds: $17,185.26. The suspect has already made a payment of $6,500 and will continue to make monthly payments of $305.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Rockaway Soccer Club Official Who Took $17K from Club Gets Probation.”