Morris County Narcotics Task Force Makes Drugs & Guns Arrests

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the arrest of three individuals stemming from an investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics and firearms.  This joint investigation was conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force and, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, the Mt. Olive Police Department, the Dover Police Department, the Byram Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.  The investigation culminated on March 1, 2018, when several Court authorized warrants were executed and led to the seizure of two (2) handguns, thirty-five (35) rounds of ammunition, over one half (1/2) ounce of cocaine, over six (6) pounds of marijuana, drug distribution related paraphernalia and the profits of criminal activity in excess of $14,000 United States currency.

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

Defendant: Naeem White

  • Two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (Handgun) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5j.
  • Two counts of second-degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon (Handgun) in violation of  N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b(1)
  • Two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon while committing a CDS related offense (Handgun), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a
  • Two counts of third-degree distribution of CDS within 1000 feet of a school zone (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7a
  • Two counts of third-degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7A
  • Four counts of third-degree distribution of CDS (Cocaine) in violation of 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(3).
  • Four counts of third-degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(3)
  • Four counts of third-degree possession of CDS (Cocaine) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1)
  • One count of third-degree distribution of CDS within 1000 feet of a school zone (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7a
  • One count of third-degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7a
  • One count of third-degree receiving stolen property (Handgun) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a
  • One count of fourth-degree distribution of CDS (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(12)
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(12)
  • Two counts of fourth-degree distribution of a weapon (Handgun) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9d
  • One count of a disorderly persons offense of possession of CDS (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4)

Defendant: Christian Mojica

  • One count of first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (Handgun) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1)
  • One count of second-degree Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon (Handgun) in violation of  N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b(1)
  • One count of second degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(10)(b)
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of CDS (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)
  • One count of a disorderly persons offence of possession of drug paraphernalia, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2

Defendant: Darryl Riggs

  • One count of third-degree possession of CDS with the intent to distribute (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and 5b(11)
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of CDS (Marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3)
  • One count of a disorderly persons offense of possession of drug paraphernali, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2

Pursuant to the Bail Reform law, Naeem White and Christian Mojica were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance and pre-trial detention hearing.  Darryl Riggs charged on a summons complaint.

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

Prosecutor Knapp said, “This joint investigation coordinated by our Narcotics Task Force resulted in the arrests of individuals responsible for distributing illegal firearms and drugs in our communities. The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the commitment of the law enforcement agencies who worked cooperatively with the Narcotics Task Force.”

Criminal complaints are merely accusations.  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 press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Prosecutor Knapp Attends Officer Involved Shooting Program Hosted by Attorney General Grewal and Mercer County Prosecutor Onofri

During the afternoon of Thursday, March 1, 2018, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Deputy Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson attended an important program hosted by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. This program focused on the statewide procedures and practices for investigating and reviewing police use-of-force incidents. The program was given at The College of New jersey and was attended by approximately one hundred county stakeholders, law enforcement, and clergy.

Prosecutor Knapp Attends Officer Involved Shooting Program Hosted by Attorney General Grewal and Mercer County Prosecutor Onofri

Attorney General Grewal has made it a priority to implement his “21-County Community Policing Project”, in which each county prosecutor will organize public meetings once a quarter to discuss specific issues with community leaders. Through this project, Advisory Groups will be created throughout the counties of New Jersey. These groups are to be comprised of law enforcement and community stakeholders, and will study this process, as well as make recommendations on how to improve it.

The first quarter program under the “21-County Community Policing Project” focuses on police use-of-force incidents, specifically to improve the relationships between the police and the communities that they serve. That was the topic of yesterday’s program.

Newly issued AG Directive 2018-1, which requires presumptive public release of body-cam and dash-cam videos of police lethal force events upon substantial completion of the initial investigation, aims to protect the public, as well as maintain a fair and balanced investigation of police use-of-force incidents. Under this new Directive, law enforcement has to balance the public’s interest in transparency with the interest of the government’s duty in conducting a criminal investigation, with the ultimate goal of fostering a fair criminal investigatory and judicial process.

Pursuant to this directive, although the community has the right to see certain law enforcement videos captured on body worn cameras or dashboard cameras, there are specific privacy concerns that must be noted. For example, the identities of victims, or the inside of a private residence will be redacted from the footage that can be released to the public. This is both to ensure the privacy of the person captured on the camera, as well as to allow witnesses of a crime the peace of mind in cooperating with an ongoing investigation.

AG Directive 2018-1 stems from a 2015 Independent Prosecutor Directive which was drafted to ensure that police use-of-force incidents would be thoroughly reviewed by multiple layers of neutral prosecutors. This ensures that law enforcement agencies maintain a sense of transparency while use-of-force incidents are investigated.

This 2015 Directive, along with Attorney General Directive 2006-5, focus on the following seven core principles:

  • Comprehensive, rigorous, impartial investigation;
  • Maintenance and protection of integrity of ongoing investigations and rights of the accused;
  • Mandatory review of all actual and potential conflicts of interest;
  • Multi-tiered layers of independent prosecutorial review;
  • Uniformity in statewide investigative and legal practice, including grand jury practice;
  • Transparency of process and factual findings at appropriate junctures;
  • Ongoing outreach and study.

AG Directive 2018-1, the 2015 Independent Prosecutor Directive, and AG Directive 2006-5, aim to foster a better relationship between law enforcement and the public. It is the goal that police use-of-force incidents will no longer be a hot bed for disagreements between law enforcement and the community, but will rather be able to be viewed through an unbiased lens, with both sides having the ability to view footage from the incidents.

Morris County Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office began community outreach programs of this nature in 2015. We have had a series of programs since then and expect to have our first of 2018 in mid-April. We are in the process of scheduling at this time”.

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Arrest of Man Involved in Chilton Memorial Hospital Computer Theft

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Brian C. Spring of the Pequannock Township Police Department announce the arrest of Sergiu Jitcu, age 39, of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, on Computer Theft charges.

On or about November 8, 2017, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted by Chilton Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Health Systems Director of Security who reported a theft of computer equipment from the facility by the defendant, now a former IT employee at Chilton Memorial Hospital. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division was advised that Chilton Medical Center received information from a resident of Wisconsin that he had purchased a computer hard drive on eBay from the defendant and this computer hard drive contained personal identifying information of individual(s) who may have been treated at Chilton Memorial Hospital.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division commenced an investigation into the allegation and, ultimately, executed a Search Warrant on the defendant’s residence and motor vehicles resulting in the seizure of various computer equipment and additional items belonging to Chilton Memorial Hospital.  Subsequent investigation has revealed that at least one (1) computer storage medium, which was sold on eBay by the defendant, contained data/data bases with personal identifying information of patient(s) of Chilton Memorial Hospital. On or about December 15, 2017, Atlantic Health Systems sent notifications to patients, identified as potentially being effected by the theft, who had been treated at Chilton Medical Center advising of the incident.

The defendant has been charged with the following offenses based on the defendant’s criminal activity on various dates between January 1, 2015 and November 8, 2017:

  • 1 count of Computer Criminal Activity, i.e. computer theft by taking data, data base, computer storage medium or computer equipment without authorization, or in excess of the authorization, which contained personal identifying information, medical diagnosis or other medical information concerning an identifiable person(s), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25e, a crime of the Second degree;
  • 1 count of Computer Criminal Activity, i.e. computer theft by accessing data, data base, computer storage medium or computer equipment without authorization or in excess of the authorization, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25a, a crime of the Third degree;
  • 1 count of Access and Disclosure of data or personal identifying information, i.e. purposely or knowingly accessing data, data base, computer storage medium or computer equipment without authorization, or in excess of the authorization, and recklessly discloses such data, data base or personal identifying information, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-31a, a crime of the Third degree; and
  • 1 count of Theft, i.e. the taking of computer equipment from Chilton Memorial Hospital, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the Third degree.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division, Pequannock Township Police Department, Saddle Brook Police Department and Chilton Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Health Systems whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

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

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