Morristown police captured a Newark NJ man accused of playing a role in a major, multi-county heroin distribution network.
According to prosecutors, the suspect is currently on parole for a 2009 manslaughter conviction out of Essex County, NJ.
Authorities conducted a major investigation into a suspected heroin distribution network which ran across several NJ counties, including Morris County and Essex County. The investigation culminated in police executing several search warrants in both counties.
Police officers first attempted to capture the suspect in Morristown. However, he allegedly refused to comply with the officers commands and then fled the scene in a 1999 Cadillac Seville.
Police chased the subsequent through Morristown, where he allegedly slammed into two patrol vehicles. The suspect reportedly abandoned his car and fled on foot.
Sometime after the chase ended, police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Newark, New Jersey. Police reportedly discovered a loaded handgun and hundreds of bags of heroin inside the suspect’s home. According to prosecutors, the heroin had been packaged for street-level distribution.
When investigators later learned that the suspect was hiding in Rockland County NY, they contacted New York police. Morristown police and NY police then worked together to apprehend the suspect.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with several criminal offenses, including aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding police, certain persons not to possess weapons, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
The suspect was taken to a jail in New York, where he was being held on a $250,000 bail amount. He will eventually be extradited to New Jersey so that he can answer the charges against him.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Newark Man, on Parole for Manslaughter, Rams Two Cop Cars during Multi-County Heroin Bust.”