Identities Confirmed In Route 80 Fatal Crash

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the confirmation of the positive identification of the victims of the July 11, 2015 fatal crash on Route 80 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

 

On July 11, 2015 at approximately 1:37 a.m., New Jersey State Police were dispatched to a crash on Route 80 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The crash involved a 2004 Kia sedan which was struck from behind by a 2014 Cadillac Escalade, driven by Bhavuk Uppal (age 22) of Mountain Lakes, N.J.The Kia became fully engulfed in flames and its three (3) occupants perished as a result of the crash.

 

The occupants of the Kia have been positively identified by the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office as:  Edward Russell Hitt (age 24), Briana Mae Anderson (age 22) and Charlotte Reagan Hitt (age 18 months), of Louisville, Kentucky.  

 

K Santiago-Madera and Brandon Green, both of the Bronx, N.Y., were the occupants of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, also involved in the crash. They were both taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital for their injuries.  

 

On July 11, 2015, Uppal was charged with Vehicular Homicide, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:11-5b (1), a crime of the second degree, Assault by Auto in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c (2), a crime of the fourth degree. Causing Death While Driving While Suspended, a crime of the third degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly persons offense and DWI, a motor vehicle violation.

 

The defendant’s initial bail of $300,000 bail with no 10% option, was increased to $750,000 during the July 13, 2015 bail hearing before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III. J.S.C. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility, in lieu of bail.

 

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Investigative Unit and Troop B Netcong Station, as well as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault 973-285-6262 or [email protected].

 

Drug Distributor Pleads Guilty To Importing A Large Quantity Of Cocaine Into Morris County From New York City

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the guilty plea entered by Pablo A. Home, 30 y/o, of Sparta, New Jersey on July 15, 2015 before the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C. Home pled guilty to one count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (Cocaine), in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-5a(1)b(1). The State is recommending ten (10) years New Jersey State Prison with thirty-one (31) months parole ineligibility. Defendant also agreed to forfeit $13,676.00 which were the proceeds of his drug distribution activity.

 

This plea is the culmination of a 3 month long investigation into the drug distribution/money laundering activity of Home. Money Laundering is also known as the financial facilitation of criminal activity.  Home transported U.S. currency derived from his drug distribution activities. This case was initiated in February of this year based on intelligence gathered by a municipal patrol officer in the Borough of Wharton following a motor vehicle stop on Route 46. This intelligence ultimately led to law enforcement halting the importation of a large quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine into Morris County by Home.

 

This investigation concluded on May 21, 2015 with the motor vehicle stop and arrest of Home in Parsippany, New Jersey and the seizure of a quarter kilo of cocaine with a street value in excess of $12,000.00 as well as U.S. Currency. 

 

Home has been lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on a $200,000.00 no 10% bail set by the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C.

 

This investigation was led by Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta and Detective George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force.

Prosecutor Knapp stated “This investigation and prosecution was a coordinated effort of our Narcotics Task Force and municipal police.  Municipal law enforcement remains a critical element of narcotics interdiction and our special thanks go out to the Wharton and Parsippany Police Department’s for their vigilance.”

 

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp specifically wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Borough of Wharton Police Department.

 

Home is scheduled to be sentenced before The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor on September 11, 2015.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].

 

 

Drug Distributor Pleads Guilty to Importing a Large Quantity of Cocaine Into Morris County From New York City

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the guilty plea entered by Pablo A. Home, 30 y/o, of Sparta, New Jersey on July 15, 2015 before the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C. Home pled guilty to one count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (Cocaine), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1). The State is recommending ten (10) years New Jersey State Prison with thirty-one (31) months parole ineligibility. Defendant also agreed to forfeit $13,676.00 which were the proceeds of his drug distribution activity.

This plea is the culmination of a 3 month long investigation into the drug distribution/money laundering activity of Home. Money Laundering is also known as the financial facilitation of criminal activity. Home transported U.S. currency derived from his drug distribution activities. This case was initiated in February of this year based on intelligence gathered by a municipal patrol officer in the Borough of Wharton following a motor vehicle stop on Route 46. This intelligence ultimately led to law enforcement halting the importation of a large quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine into Morris County by Home.

This investigation concluded on May 21, 2015 with the motor vehicle stop and arrest of Home in Parsippany, New Jersey and the seizure of a quarter kilo of cocaine with a street value in excess of $12,000.00 as well as U.S. Currency.

Home has been lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on a $200,000.00 no 10% bail set by the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C.

This investigation was led by Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta and Detective George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force.

Prosecutor Knapp stated “This investigation and prosecution was a coordinated effort of our Narcotics Task Force and municipal police. Municipal law enforcement remains a critical element of narcotics interdiction and our special thanks go out to the Wharton and Parsippany Police Department’s for their vigilance.”

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp specifically wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Borough of Wharton Police Department.

Home is scheduled to be sentenced before The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor on September 11, 2015.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].