Second Marijuana Seizure at Fed Ex Facility
Fairfield (NJ) A second investigation conducted by the Fairfield Police Department at a Federal Express facility located in the Township resulted in another seizure of approximately ten pounds of suspected marijuana that was shipped from California and destined for Paterson, N.J. This seizure took place on April 6, 2015. A similar seizure of approximately the same amount occurred on March 26, 2015.
“The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “But it is obvious that we have disrupted, to some extent, a supply line of marijuana into New Jersey” said the deputy chief.
Fairfield UNICO Contributes to Fairfield Police Unity Tour Team
Fairfield (NJ) On March 31, 2015, Fairfield UNICO chapter Board of Trustees Director Joseph Catenaro presents two $100.00 checks to Fairfield Police Officers Frank Tracey and Ian Rasmussen in support of their participation in the Police Unity Tour.
Wayne Woman Charged with DUI
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amanda Zollo (31) of Wayne, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 5, 2015. On that date, at approximately 12:49 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was monitoring traffic on Route 46 East when he observed a 2011 Mitsubishi allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane followed by an unsafe lane change that caused another vehicle to swerve to avoid contact.
The officer then initiated a motor vehicle stop and found Zollo to be the operator. Initial observations by the officer allegedly found that Zollo was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. As a result, standard field sobriety tests were given and Zollo eventually was placed under arrest without incident and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.
After conducting breath tests, in addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and unsafe lane change. She was released on her own recognizance pending an April 9, 2015 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charges against Zollo are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Weekend Nets Three DUI Arrests Including Weapons Charges
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department arrested three individuals in three separate incidents over the March 27-29, 2015 weekend, with one suspect found to be in possession of a handgun and a high capacity magazine. The individuals arrested included Nicholas Fania (25) of Long Valley, N.J., Kevin Nunes (21) of Roseland, N.J. and Halin Gil Gutierrez (26) of Hazelton, N.J.
The first incident occurred on March 27, 2015 at approximately 11:20 P.M. At that time, Officer R.J. Casendino was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Clinton Road and Route 46. The officer observed two vehicles stopped on Route 46 West for a red traffic signal. It is alleged at this time, a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up truck was travelling west on Route 46 approaching the intersection but was not slowing down. It is alleged that the pick up truck, which was being operated by Fania, then struck the rear of the two vehicles that were stopped at the light.
Officer Casendino and other officers arrived on the scene to investigate and render assistance. The driver of one of the vehicles allegedly struck by Fania’s vehicle was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of a neck injury. Fanio was allegedly uninjured.
As the investigation progressed, it is alleged that Fanio had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. As a result of this and based upon Fanio’s operation of his vehicle, field sobriety tests were administered. Fanio was then arrested. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, reckless driving, failure to observe a traffic signal and failure to wear corrective lenses.
The second incident took place on March 28, 2015 at approximately 1:40 A.M. At that time, Officer Jeffrey Dean was patrolling Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2006 Pontiac that was also travelling east having difficulty maintaining a lane and tailgating another vehicle. The Pontiac was then stopped and found to be operated by Nunes.
During the course of the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that Nunes was showing signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and slow and slurred speech. Field sobriety tests were administered and Nunes was eventually placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and following to closely.
The last incident took place on March 28, 2015 at approximately 4:26 A.M. At that time, Officer Jeffrey Dean was clearing from a call at the Crowne Plaza hotel, located on Route 46 East, when he observed a 2004 Honda travelling east on Route 46 allegedly at an extremely slow speed and having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Gil Gutierrez.
During the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that Gil Gutierrez was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence including an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, fumbling hand movements, slow and slurred speech and bloodshot and watery eyes. Field sobriety tests were given and Gil Gutierrez was arrested. It is alleged that, during the course of the investigation, officers recovered a Glock 23 handgun and a high capacity magazine from inside of Gil Gutierrez’ vehicle.
Gil Gutierrez was criminally charged with illegally possessing a handgun, possession of a high capacity magazine, as well as careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and unclear plates.
All suspects were released on their own recognizance.
(It should be noted that the charges against each are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)