Morris County Narcotics Task Force and Randolph Township Police Department make First Degree Drug Production Facility Arrests

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, and Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe announce the arrest of eight individuals for first-degree maintaining a marijuana production facility and first-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

During November 2017, members of the Randolph Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau obtained information about a potential marijuana grow facility located in an office complex on Route 10 in Randolph Township. After an initial investigation by Randolph Police detectives, a joint investigation was initiated between the Randolph Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force. This investigation culminated on November 22, 2017, when investigators seized approximately two hundred and sixty-six (266) marijuana plants, as well as marijuana ready for packaging and distribution. The estimated street value of the illegal drugs seized is in excess of $1,000,000. Moreover, approximately four thousand dollars and several vehicles were seized as a result of the investigation. Detective Matt Pfeiffer of the Randolph Township Police Department was the primary detective in charge of the investigation.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of this investigation:

• Juan T. Addison, age 46 of Hillside, NJ

• Mario E. Ramos, age 51 of Glendale, CA

• Lila V. Wroblewski, age 20 of Jersey City, NJ

• Niazja E. Rios, age 28 of Bronx, NY

• Cecilia A. Payne, age 28 of Bronx, NY

• Makeda A. Price, age 26 of Bronx, NY

• Karolina Gajdek, age 23 of Bronx, NY

• Rafaelito A. Ortiz, age 37 of Brooklyn, NY

The above individuals were charged with the following indictable offenses:

• One count of first-degree Maintaining and/or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance
Production Facility, specifically an indoor marijuana grow facility with more than fifty
plants.

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

• One count of fourth-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana).

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp thanks the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, the Randolph Township Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts in this investigation.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Inquiries concerning this release should be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6200.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Hosts Critical Training Program for Law Enforcement

Today, the Morris County Prosecutors Office hosted a Northern New Jersey training program for over 150 law enforcement and public safety professionals at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany. The program was presented by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New Jersey State Police concerning several important topics including Domestic Terrorism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Homegrown Violent Extremists, and current threat assessments.

Numerous local, state and federal law enforcement professionals and other public safety personnel received over 4 hours of critical instruction on issues of great concern. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit personnel coordinated the program along with NJOHSP.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Hosts Critical Training Program for Law Enforcement

“Prosecutor Fredric Knapp delivered opening and welcome remarks for the briefing:
Knapp stated, “We are indebted to the NJOHSP for selecting Morris County for this critically important training. Law enforcement and the public must remain vigilant to the ongoing threat to public safety by violent and extremist groups.”

Any inquiries concerning this release should be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp Selected as Panelist for NJAC’s “Summit on Opioid Crisis”

Prosecutor Knapp Selected as Panelist for NJAC's

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp has been chosen to serve as a panelist on the New Jersey Association of Counties’ upcoming “Summit on the Opioid Crisis and Resources for Recovery’’ on Dec. 8.

Prosecutor Knapp Selected as Panelist for NJAC's

This important event, which will explore many facets of the current opioid crisis, will be moderated by radio news anchor Eric Scott of Townsquare Media and New Jersey 101.5.

The program, to be held in West Trenton, will be comprised of two panels. The first panel, featuring Prosecutor Knapp, will examine the state’s opioid epidemic and present viable strategies for combating the public health crisis.

A second panel will discuss essential resources for recovery and recommend new approaches to provide vital support to those in need.

From the start of his tenure, Prosecutor Knapp – who recently was elected as the President of the Prosecutor’s Association of New Jersey — has worked to educate the Morris County community about the growing opioid epidemic and strategies implemented by the Prosecutor’s Office to address the issues.

Under his direction, the Prosecutor’s Special Enforcement Unit has aggressively targeted for-profit drug dealers for prosecution, while his team of assistant prosecutors have worked with the courts to address drug users with compassion, emphasizing treatment and recovery.

Recognized for his leadership on this issue, NJAC selected Prosecutor Knapp to participate on the first panel.

“I am truly honored by my invitation to sit on the panel and contribute to this statewide discussion,’’ said Prosecutor Knapp. “I also applaud the New Jersey Association of Counties for coordinating this extremely important event and for promoting awareness of the epidemic.”

Joining Prosecutor Knapp on the first panel will be Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, New Jersey State Police Major Juan Colon, Dr. Jim Baird of Jefferson Health of NJ and Rowan University, plus Louise Habicht of Parent-to Parent.

The second panel will consist of Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Angelo Valente of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, Lisa Gladwell of New Jersey Recovery Advocates, Michael Litterer of RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, and Dr. Michael W. Shore of Malvern Institute Recovery Center.

Inquiries should be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6200.