Dangerous Drug Dealer Sentenced for First Degree Distribution of Cocaine

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on today’s date, Superior Court Judge Thomas J Critchley, Jr. sentenced Guillermo Delacruz, 50, of Dover New Jersey, to (11) years in New Jersey State Prison with (60) months of parole ineligibility for Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Cocaine, a first degree crime. A total of $57,055 of drug proceeds was also seized at the time of his arrest and ultimately forfeited to the State. Delacruz pled guilty to the charge on May 11, 2016.

On February 5, 2016, Officer Timothy Thiel of the Dover Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Delacruz’s vehicle for his failure to wear a seatbelt. During the investigation, a Consent to Search of his vehicle was obtained which led to the recovery of approximately 445 grams of Cocaine and $57,055 in cash. Delacruz ultimately admitted to transporting and selling the Cocaine.

Assistant Prosecutor Alexis M. Keller represented the State during the Court proceedings.

“Patrol Officers are on the front lines against crime every day. During this field investigation, Officer Thiel demonstrated his commitment to the law enforcement mission of public service and safety by removing a dangerous drug dealer from our streets” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Officer Thiel, the Dover Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit for their assistance with this prosecution.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.

Authorities Release Sketch of Actors Involved in Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store in Chatham Borough

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J. Crosson, Jr. confirm that an armed robbery occurred yesterday morning at Crescent Jewelers, located at 251 Main Street in Chatham Borough, New Jersey.

On July 28, 2016 at approximately 10:54 am, law enforcement authorities received a report of an armed robbery that had occurred earlier that morning at Crescent Jewelers in Chatham Borough.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that two black males entered the store and ultimately stole an undetermined amount of jewelry. During this incident, a handgun was produced. The males then exited the store and entered a Silver or Grey Jeep that was driven by a third black male.

The following descriptions have been provided to law enforcement:

Suspect #1: Black male, wearing shorts and a red t-shirt.
Suspect #2: Black male wearing a traffic style vest.
Suspect #3: Black male, bald with a beard. (Vehicle Driver)

Through the assistance of the New Jersey State Police, two sketches have been produced depicting the actors involved in this incident. The sketches have been included in this press release.

Anyone having pertinent information involving this investigation, including the identity of the alleged suspects, is encouraged to contact the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000, or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-631-5398, or the Morris County Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255 or www.morriscrimestoppers.org/. Callers may remain anonymous.

This investigation remains active and ongoing, and no additional information will be released at this time.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.



National Night Out – 2016

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce the participation of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in the annual National Night Out to be held on August 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Representatives from the Prosecutor’s Office will be present and available to interact with the public and to disseminate educational and informational materials regarding a range of public safety topics at the following locations:

Mennen Sports Arena: 161 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ
Butler Borough Police Department: 10 High Street, Butler, NJ
Firemen’s Field: 152 – 164 Beach Street, Rockaway, NJ

National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday of every August. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the event was created in 1984 and designed to increase awareness about police programs such as neighborhood watch, drug use prevention, and anti-crime strategies.

“The fight against crime takes a collective effort between law enforcement and the communities we serve. National Night Out is an excellent opportunity to foster this relationship” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.