MORRIS COUNTY NARCOTICS TASK FORCE AND ROXBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE MAKE FIRST DEGREE DRUG ARREST AND SEIZE HANDGUN

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Marc Palanchi of the Roxbury Township Police Department announce the arrest of an individual for first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Members of the Roxbury Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit received information concerning an individual distributing illegal narcotics in Morris and surrounding counties. Roxbury Police Detectives and members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement/Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation that resulted in the arrest of the individual, and the seizure of 200 grams of cocaine, over $17,000 in US currency, a handgun loaded with hollow point bullets, and a motor vehicle that was being used to transport the narcotics.

As a result of the investigation and seizures, Terrance T. Clemens, age 41, of Newark, NJ, was charged with the following:

One count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute.

One count of second-degree Certain Person not to have Weapons (Handgun).

One count of second-degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

One count of second-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).

Two counts of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

On March 30, 2017, Clemens was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Roxbury Township Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts related to this investigation.

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.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Clifton Man Sentenced For His Role In Drug Trafficking Network

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the sentencing of Prentice R. Melton, 49, of Clifton, New Jersey. On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. sentenced Melton to eight (8) years in New Jersey State Prison. Melton is required to serve forty-eight (48) months before being considered for parole.

On October 24, 2016, Melton entered guilty pleas to second degree Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine and second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances. As part of the plea agreement, Mr. Melton forfeited $22,000 in United States currency.

In January 2016, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, developed intelligence that Prentice Melton was supplying a significant amount of heroin and cocaine to George Washington and Ronald Washington, who reside in Morris County and have already been prosecuted by this Office for their involvement. The imported cocaine and heroin was sold in Morristown, Victory Gardens, Dover, and surrounding areas. The three (3) month investigation culminated in March 2016, with the arrest of Melton and twenty four (24) other individuals. Also, the execution of several search warrants resulted in the seizure of fifty five (55) grams of cocaine, fourteen hundred (1400) individual folds of heroin, over $33,500 in United States currency, various packaging and drug distribution-related materials, handgun ammunition, and eleven (11) motor vehicles. Mr. Melton is the last defendant sentenced of the twenty-five (25) arrested in connection with the investigation.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute for-profit drug dealers. The sentence imposed today by the Court will hopefully deter those who currently engage in such similar criminal activity, and those who are considering this unlawful practice.”

The investigation was completed by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division. The lead investigators on the case were Task Force Officer Edward Zienowicz of the Morris County Narcotics Task Force and Detective Scott Pino of the Morristown Bureau of Police. The case was prosecuted by Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan.

Prosecutor Knapp wishes to thank the following agencies for their invaluable assistance and commitment to the Task Force: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Park Police, New Jersey State Police, Morristown Bureau of Police, Florham Park Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Dover Police Department, Roxbury Township Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, Mendham Township Police Department, Chester Township Police Department, Madison Borough Police Department, Chatham Township Police Department, Chatham Borough Police Department, Chester Borough Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Randolph Township Police Department, Butler Police Department, Mt. Arlington Police Department, Lincoln Park Police Department, Harding Township Police Department, Wharton Borough Police Department, Jefferson Township Police Department, Hopatcong Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department, Rockaway Township Police Department, Morris Plains Police Department, and the Clifton Police Department.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Parsippany Man Arrested for Endangering the Welfare of Children

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps and Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon announce the arrest of Jamel Taylor, age 33, of Parsippany for Endangering Welfare of Children, a second-degree crime.

On March 22, 2017 at approximately 8:30 am, the Parsippany Police Department received a 911 call from Jamel Taylor who reported that he was going to harm his children. It was determined that Taylor was in a room at the Travelodge Inn in Parsippany. Upon arrival, Parsippany Police confirmed that Taylor was barricaded within the hotel room with his children. The Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) subsequently responded, gained entry, and arrested Taylor. There were no injuries reported as the result of the incident.

This incident remains under investigation, which is being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Parsippany Police Department. Due to the status of the investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.

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

Inquiries concerning this Press Release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.