Friday, September 19, 2014

Ten Individuals Arrested in Fairfield under Operation Cross Country

Fairfield (NJ) Ten individuals were arrested and charged in Fairfield with various criminal offenses under New Jersey state law as a result of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Operation Cross Country. On July 24, 2013, investigators from the F.B.I., New Jersey State Police, Human Services Police, Essex, Bergen and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offices and the Fairfield Police Department, conducted an extensive investigation that targeted the recovery of minors who were forced to engage in prostitution. This investigation was done with the cooperation of the management of a local hotel.

In addition to the ten arrests, four vehicles and over $300 in cash was also seized. The charges against these ten individuals were as follows: (7) counts of promoting prostitution, (9) counts of engaging in prostitution, (1) count of possession of a prohibited weapon, (1) count of possession of drug paraphernalia, (1) count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and (1) count of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. The charges have all been referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for disposition. (It should be noted that these charges are merely allegations and that all of these defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

“The success of this investigation, along with the others that we have conducted in the recent past, is a direct result of the partnership we enjoy with the F.B.I., the New Jersey State Police, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and especially our hotel managers, all of whom want to pro-actively prevent the exploitation of minors” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “You can rest assured that we will continue to conduct these operations in our local hotels, in order to give those who want to engaged in this illegal activity in Fairfield, a moment to pause and think as to whether they are dealing with undercover law enforcement officers” the deputy chief said.  

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