Sunday, June 25, 2017

Route 80 MV Stop Leads to Recovery of Heroin

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Toth (35) of Dingmans Ferry, PA and William Braxton (28) of Lake Ariel, PA for possession of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute on April 13, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 2:27 PM, Officers Jeffrey Dean and Steven D’Argenio were conducting a traffic enforcement detail on Route 80 West when they allegedly observed a 2000 Jeep that allegedly had an unclear rear license plate. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Toth with Braxton as a front seat passenger.

The officers spoke with both individuals separately and it is alleged that both men were extremely nervous and gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from and who they had met when at that location. As a result, the officers requested Toth gran them permission to search the vehicle for any illicit material. Toth refused this request. Based upon their investigation to this point, a request was made for a narcotic K-9 to respond to the scene to assist with the investigation. An Essex County Sheriff’s Department officer and K-9 arrived. It is alleged that the K-9 gave positive indications for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

At this point the vehicle was secured and towed in order for a search warrant to be obtained. The search warrant was authorized and it is alleged that 300 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin were found secreted in the center console. Both Toth and Braxton were subsequently arrested, charged and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

“This was a very nice seizure of heroin that was obviously destined for distribution in Pennsylvania. If not for the alert actions of Officers Dean and D’Argenio, these individuals may have been successful in their efforts” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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