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.
Ringwood Woman Arrested for Giving Police False Information
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kimberly Lindsey (28) of Ringwood, N.J. for providing law enforcement officers with false information on Sunday July 28, 2013. At approximately 3:37 A.M., Officers John McGrory and Raymond Puluse were patrolling the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when the officers observed a 2001 Ford Explorer enter the parking lot. They allegedly noticed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. They initiated a motor vehicle stop in the lot.
In addition to the driver, the vehicle was found occupied by two other individuals, one of whom was Lindsey. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Kimberly Lindsey identified herself as her sister Kelly Lindsey, in order to avoid being arrested for am active warrant she had that was issued by the Vernon Municipal Court. The officers became suspicious of Lindsey when they compared her to the picture of her sister that was displayed when they conducted a driver’s license check. Lindsey was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. She was charged with hindering her own apprehension and given an initial court appearance date of August 8, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. She was eventually turned over to the custody of the Vernon Police Department. (It should be noted that the charge against her is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Employee Arrested for theft of Cable Wire
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erick Obregon (41) of Saddle Brook, N.J. for theft of copper wire, valued at approximately $5000.00 on July 26, 2013. Obregon was employed as a fleet mechanic for Arete Development Inc., located at 20 Industrial Road. On July 26th, company officials discovered the missing wire and immediately launched an internal investigation since it was less then twenty-four hours since the wire was last seen.
A review of the company’s video surveillance recording revealed that on July 25th, Obregon allegedly drives his 2009 Ford pick up truck into the warehouse, with the bed of the pickup truck empty. When the vehicle emerges, it is alleged that the bed now had something in it that was covered. After making these observations, Arete company officials responded to Obregon’s business, known as Erick’s Auto Repair located at 296 Midland Avenue in Saddle Brook where they allegedly observed the stolen wire in the bed of Obregon’s pick up truck. Officers from both the Fairfield and Saddle Brook Police Departments responded and assisted with arresting Obregon and recovering the stolen material.
Obregon was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of August 7, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Obregon is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Marijuana Smoke in Vehicle Leads to Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Casapulla (21) of Wantage, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Jul 20, 2013. At approximately 2:34 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino stopped a vehicle on Route 80 westbound for allegedly failing to maintain a lane. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer allegedly detected a pungent smell of burnt marijuana. When confronted with the observation, the lone driver, identified as Casapulla, allegedly turned over a small quantity of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia to the officer. Casapulla was arrested without incident.
In addition to the criminal charges, Casapulla was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, and improper maintenance of lamps. He was released on his own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of July 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Casapulla are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)