Sparta Man Sentenced In Joint Investigation in Morris, Sussex and Bergen Counties Which Yielded Narcotics and $300,000 in Suspected Proceeds

March 27, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce the sentencing of Samuel J. Rozynski following a long-term drug investigation in Morris, Sussex, and Bergen counties. On March 2, 2020, Rozynski entered a guilty plea to one count of first degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, one count of first degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, one count of Second Degree Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity (Money Laundering), and one count of Second Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. Rozynski also forfeited his interest in $329,000 seized in connection with his arrest, which were proceeds from narcotics sales.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Honorable David H. Ironson, J.S.C. sentenced Rozynski to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison with 24 months of parole ineligibility on the Possession With Intent to Distribute Count, and three concurrent terms of five years in prison on the remaining counts.

This investigation culminated with Rozynski’s arrest on January 29, 2020, when law enforcement officers from multiple agencies executed three (3) search warrants in Sparta, Cliffside Park and Parsippany. As a result, approximately 350 grams of cocaine, thirty-seven (37) pounds of marijuana, numerous firearms, and over $300,000 in suspected drug distribution proceeds were seized by law enforcement.

Prosecutor Knapp said “The cooperation of all agencies involved in this investigation and prosecution has been consistently of the highest magnitude.  We greatly appreciate the dedication of our law enforcement partners continuing our efforts to reduce the supply of illicit drugs.”

Prosecutor Knapp, Acting Chief Kimker, and Chief Miller would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to this long-term investigation: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, Hopatcong Police Department, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Cliffside Park Police Department, Little Falls Police Department, Sparta Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Detective Daniel Cicala was the lead investigator. Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan represented the State at sentencing.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

East Hanover Man Charged with Murder of His Wife

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo of the East Hanover Police Department announce that Alexander Jacobs, age 74, of East Hanover, New Jersey, has been charged with first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth degree Possession of Prohibited Devices.  The charges stem from the alleged shooting death of Jacob’s wife at their East Hanover residence.

On March 26, 2020, at approximately 2:02 p.m., members of the East Hanover Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Selmar Terrace, East Hanover for a 911 call.  Upon arrival, first responding officers located the 911 caller outside the residence.  The caller indicated to police that her parents were involved in a domestic incident involving a gun inside the residence.

The Defendant, who was later identified as the deceased victim’s husband, was determined to be inside the residence.  He was taken into the custody of law enforcement outside the residence.  The handgun believed to be used by the Defendant to inflict the fatal injuries was recovered at the scene.  A deceased female was subsequently located inside the residence.  This deceased female was identified as the Defendant’s wife, Lilia Jacobs.  An autopsy of the victim’s body is pending with the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

As a result of the investigation, the Defendant has been charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree, and Possession of Prohibited Devices, a crime of the fourth degree.  The Defendant was charged on a warrant-complaint and lodged at the Morris County Jail pending a court appearance.

Members of the East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit all took part in this investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he 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 Meghan Knab at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Reminds Public Domestic Violence Support is Available During COVID-19 Emergency

March 26, 2020


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp would like to remind the public that domestic violence information and support services remain available during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

During the COVID-19 court closures, applications for a temporary restraining order may be filed with the local police department where (1) the victim resides or is sheltered, (2) where the defendant resides, (3) or where the incident occurred.

If you are in need of domestic violence services you can contact any of the following resources:

  • Morris County Family Justice Center at 973-829-4050 or
  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service at 973-267-7520 or
  • Safety, Support and Solutions for All 24-hour hotline at 1-877-R U ABUSED (1-877-782-2873)
  • If you are Hearing Impaired, you can contact 973-314-4192
  • Center for Non-Violence counseling programs at 973-539-7801