Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Joined WMTR’s Jessie Frees for Radio Interview

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury joined WMTR’s show, “Ask the Expert”, hosted by Jessie Frees on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Prosecutor  Knapp and CAP Seabury have regularly appeared on the show to discuss the impact of illegal narcotics on the Morris County community.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Joined WMTR’s Jessie Frees for Radio Interview

On Sunday’s program, Prosecutor Knapp and CAP Seabury discussed contemporary law enforcement issues, including school violence, driving under the influence of narcotics, bullying, and bias crimes.  Prosecutor Knapp highlighted the MCPO’s community outreach and education efforts.

The second half of the radio program addressed the current impact of the Opiate Epidemic on the County and highlighted the many successful efforts of Morris County Law Enforcement to combat the epidemic.  They discussed the need for vigorous prosecutions of for-profit drug distributors but also highlighted the need to treat addiction as a disease and help guide individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder into appropriate treatment.  Also discussed on the program was Operation Helping Hand, a law enforcement program aimed at connecting heroin users with treatment after their arrest and the Morris County Narcan Program where 679 people have been given a second chance at life by the administration of Narcan by Morris County Law enforcement officers since Prosecutor Knapp began the program in 2015.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Joined WMTR’s Jessie Frees for Radio Interview               Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Joined WMTR’s Jessie Frees for Radio Interview

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “I want to thank Jesse for inviting us on her program to highlight the work of Morris County Law Enforcement, especially in combating the opioid epidemic.  We continue to lose entirely too many of our neighbors to this plague and it is critical for us to provide information to the public to act as a prevention effort, but also to ensure people know there are avenues for treatment and help in our community. We again hope that residents of our county were able to tune in and receive this valuable information.”

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Morris County Narcotics Task Force Makes Arrests In Cocaine Distribution Investigation

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announce the arrest of three individuals following a drug investigation that began earlier this summer and involved the distribution of cocaine in Boonton and Morristown. On September 12, 2019, a search warrant was executed in Boonton, which resulted in the arrest of two individuals, Elijah Downey and Myles Wilson, the seizure of cocaine and marijuana, and approximately $2,000 in drug distribution proceeds. The investigation in total yielded the seizure of cocaine in excess of 2 ounces and marijuana in excess of one ounce. As part of this investigation, a third individual, Kaire Pettiway, was arrested in Morristown.

The following individuals were arrested:

1. Elijah Downey, 23, of Boonton, was charged with the
following:

• 2 counts of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent
to Distribute

• 1 count of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 2 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Downey is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance

2. Kaire Pettiway, age 22, of Morristown, was charged with
the following:

• 1 count of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent
to Distribute

• 1 count of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 1 count of Second-Degree Possession With Intent to
Distribute Cocaine Within 500’ of Public Property

• 1 Count of Second-Degree Distribution of CDS Within 500’ of
Public Property

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Pettiway is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

3. Myles Wilson, age 22, of Boonton, NJ, was charged with the
following:

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Marijuana with Intent
to Distribute

• 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Marijuana

• 1 count of Disorderly Persons Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia

Wilson is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working to thwart individuals committing crime in and around Morris County. Today, the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, led by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Enforcement Unit, worked in conjunction with multiple law enforcement officers to successfully, safely, and without incident, bring about the arrests of these individuals.”

Prosecutor Koch said: “I would like to echo the statement of Prosecutor Knapp as to the importance of law enforcement collaboration and communication. It is through such joint efforts that we can make both counties and our state safer for all of its citizens. I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the involved agencies and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Prosecutor’s Knapp and Koch thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to cooperative and collaborative law enforcement: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Town of Boonton Police Department, Morristown Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Mount Olive Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Rockaway Borough Police Department, Wharton Police, Department, Chatham Borough Police Department, Chatham Township Police Department, and the Morris Township Police Department.

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.

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Announces Arrest of Man on Theft Related Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and Florham Park Chief of Police Joseph Orlando announce the arrest of Hector Cardona, age 49, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Theft related charges.

On March 3, 2017, the victim, Troy Corporation (“Troy Corp”), reported an alleged theft by its former Director of Travel Services, Mr. Hector Cardona. Troy Corp. alleged that Mr. Cardona had misappropriated corporate funds by using his corporate credit card for personal expenses and receiving reimbursement payments for expenses that he did not incur in connection with his employment at Troy Corp. The investigation revealed that, between June 1, 2014 and January 31, 2017, he received reimbursement payments from Troy Corp. totaling $325,165.95. As of November 20, 2017, this account was nearly depleted. Further investigation revealed that the majority of his bank account’s outgoing transactions appeared to be personal in nature and not related to any business with Troy Corp.

The defendant has been charged with Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the Second degree.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes, Fraud Unit; the Florham Park Police Department and the New York City Department of Investigations whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

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

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