Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Joined Morris CARES and Community Leaders for Community Presentation

On the morning of March 26, 2018, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury joined Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES), Sheriff James M. Gannon, and local leaders for the monthly community breakfast at the CARES headquarters in Rockaway Borough.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Joined Morris CARES and Community Leaders for Community Presentation
From left to right: Alton Robinson of CARES, Beth Jacobson of Morris County Dept. of Human Services, Barbara Kaufman of MCPIK, CAP Brad Seabury, and Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Alton Robinson, the Lead Peer Recovery Specialist at CARES, began the morning by welcoming the various members of the Morris County community who took time out of their morning to discuss the current heroin and opiate epidemic. Representatives from some of CARES’ community partners, such as Atlantic Health and St. Clare’s Hospital, followed Alton and spoke about their combined efforts with CARES and local law enforcement in the treatment of those suffering from substance abuse disorder.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury was the keynote speaker for the event, and took the opportunity to educate these leaders in the community on how the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is combatting this epidemic. The highlight of the discussion was the affect that the Narcan 2.0 program has had on Morris County, and what this means going forward. Brad specifically emphasized the partnership with Morris CARES, and their Peer Recovery Specialists. The ultimate goal of the program is to offer face to face support for every person that has been “reversed” from Narcan, whether it be five minutes following the overdose, or four months down the road. Lives have already been saved from this program, and countless more will be saved in the future.

Following Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury, Sheriff James M. Gannon spoke about Hope One. Hope One is a mobile recovery access vehicle that travels twice a week to different locations in Morris County, with the goal of providing clients with immediate access to services and treatment facilities that can help them on their road to recovery. Sheriff Gannon also discussed the partnership between Morris CARES and the Morris County Correctional Facility, and even brought up two recovered addicts who went through the Morris County Correctional Facility and are now living healthy lives because of the efforts put forth by Morris CARES.

Barbara Kaufman, Director of Prevention Services at Morris County Prevention is Key (MCPIK), wrapped up the breakfast by thanking Alton Robinson and CARES for hosting these monthly community breakfasts to further educate members of the Morris County community about this epidemic. The breakfasts are typically attended by representatives of the treatment community, local leaders, and residents of Morris County who are looking to make a difference. This is a communal effort, and the working partnerships between community leaders, programs such as Morris CARES and MCPIK, and local law enforcement agencies allow Morris County to be one of the best counties in the nation at combatting the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Narcotics Task Force Indicts Three on Drug Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the indictment of Jose M. Mejias, Ines M. Rivera-Rodriguez, and Casimiro Richiez-Martinez on numerous CDS charges arising out of their distribution of cocaine and fentanyl in Mount Olive Township, Rockaway Township, and Rockaway Borough, New Jersey.

The CDS distribution charges relate to five (5) separate alleged distributions of fentanyl and/or cocaine.  This investigation culminated on September 21, 2017, when a motor vehicle stop was made by the Rockaway Borough Police Department, which resulted in the arrests of Jose M. Mejias and Ines M. Rivera-Rodriguez.  Subsequent investigation led to the seizure of approximately seven (7) ounces of cocaine and two thousand four hundred and fifty (2,450) dosage units of heroin.  The estimated street value of the illegal drugs seized is in excess of $20,500.

Jose M. Mejias, arrested in September 2017, was indicted on the following charges:

  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of five ounces or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the First Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(2), a crime of the Second Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount of one ounce or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(4), a crime of the Second Degree;
  • five (5) counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • five (5) counts of Distribution of Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • five (5) counts of Possession of Fentanyl, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(3), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • two (2) counts of Distribution of Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(3), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • four (4) counts of Possession of Cocaine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of five ounces or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the Second Degree;
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount of one ounce or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(4), a crime of the Second Degree; and
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), a crime of the Third Degree.

Ines M. Rivera-Rodriguez, arrested in September 2017, was indicted for the following charges:

  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of five ounces or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the First Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(2), a crime of the Second Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount of one ounce or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(4), a crime of the Second Degree;
  • two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • two (2) counts of Distribution of Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • two (2) counts of Possession of Fentanyl, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in an amount less than One-half ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(3), a crime of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Distribution of Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(3), a crime of the Third Degree;
  • three (2) counts of Possession of Cocaine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), crimes of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine in an amount of five ounces or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1), a crime of the Second Degree; and
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount of one ounce or more, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(4), a crime of the Second Degree.

Casimiro Richiez-Martinez, arrested in February 2018, was indicted for the following charges:

  • one (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), a crime of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Distribution of Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), a crime of the Third Degree;
  • one (1) count of Possession of Fentanyl, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), a crime of the Third Degree; and
  • one (1) count of Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl in an amount less than one ounce, in violation of J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(5), a crime of the Third Degree.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force and its participating agencies), the Mt. Olive Police Department, the Rockaway Borough Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts related to this investigation.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “This investigation targeted individuals responsible for importing and distributing a steady supply of Fentanyl in Morris County.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and its Narcotics Task Force partners will continue to combat the opiate epidemic through enforcement efforts targeting for profit drug dealers.”  This investigation was conducted under the direction of MCPO Captain Brian Keane, Commander of the Narcotics Task Force, and Detective Lieutenant Luis Sanchez of the Mt. Olive Police Department.

Despite the return of the indictment against these defendants, they are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Hosted Opioid Presentation for Members of Leadership Morris

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury met with the current class of Leadership Morris during the morning of March 15, to discuss the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic that continues to affect countless lives throughout the Morris County community.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Hosted Opioid Presentation for Members of Leadership Morris
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury

Leadership Morris is community education program that was founded in 1991, and is run by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. It works with local business and non-for-profit executives to better understand the various opportunities, challenges, institutions, and people of Morris County. Approximately thirty professionals are members of the class at a time, and the Leadership Morris program has an active network of over 500 individuals that have graduated from it.

Through the program, the participants have to attend multiple seminars that cover important topics in Morris County, including Criminal Justice, Human Needs & Services, County Government, and Health Care. By focusing on these various subjects, the members of Leadership Morris will eventually leave the program with a strong understanding of the different cohesive parts that must work together in the Morris County community.

Prior to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury’s presentation, Prosecutor Knapp welcomed the members of Leadership Morris, including Dr. Joseph Nazzaro, the Director of the program. He explained the structure and role of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in overseeing all law enforcement agencies in Morris County, then fielded questions from the audience for approximately one half hour.

Following Prosecutor Knapp’s question and answer session, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury talked about what the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office does to combat this Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. The presentation covers all aspects of this issue, but Seabury spends much of it making sure that the audience understands the stigmas around those suffering from an addiction disorder, and why these stigmas need to be left behind for real progress to be made. The statistics and first-hand testimonies from the lecture never fail to draw audible gasps from those in the audience, and the participants of Leadership Morris were no different.

As prospective leaders of Morris County, the participants of the Morris Leadership program have a responsibility to their community to learn and better understand the affect that the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic has had on Morris County. Prosecutor Knapp, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are committed to spreading awareness about the Epidemic.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.