2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes

Law enforcement officials from all 21 counties of New Jersey, including New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and all 21 County Prosecutors, met in Atlantic City this past weekend to further their legal education, as well as discuss ongoing issues throughout the state. The training program was held from November 18th through November 20th at the Borgata Hotel & Casino as part of the annual College of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (CPANJ).

Throughout the three days, fourteen Continuing Legal Education classes were available for attendees. Topics for these classes included Prosecutorial Ethics, Effective Trial Strategies, New Firearms Legislation, Victim’s Rights, and Implicit Bias. Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, John McNamara, Jr., served on a panel focused on trial strategies.

CPANJ also installed their Executive Board for 2018-2019 during the College. After serving the 2017-2018 term as President, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp has been succeeded by Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch as the CPANJ President. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri will serve as 1st Vice President, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez will serve as 2nd Vice President, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni will serve as Secretary, and Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina will serve as Treasurer.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “It was an honor to serve as the CPANJ President over the past year. We successfully accomplished many things throughout the State during that time, and I am looking forward to working with Prosecutor Koch during his tenure”.

2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
From left: Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.
2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch being sworn in as CPANJ President by NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
County Prosecutors of New Jersey and Attorney General Grewal.

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

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Deliver Opioid Presentation to Municipal Welfare Organization

On November 18, 2018, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, and Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon provided an Opioid 101 presentation to members of the Municipal Welfare Organization at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 103rd Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The program was attended by approximately 30 members of the Municipal Welfare Organization, who came from various counties throughout the state.

The “Opiates 101” presentation provided the audience with information on how the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic is affecting New Jersey, as well as what members of law enforcement are doing to combat this, such as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recent successful Operation Take Back initiative. In Operation Take Back, residents were encouraged to turn in unwanted or expired prescription medicine to be properly destroyed.  Community education is a crucial component to combatting this, and sharing this information with the community leaders in attendance will ultimately have a positive impact throughout the State.

Sheriff Gannon discussed his Hope One program, a mobile recovery access vehicle which offers support for persons struggling with addiction. Twice a week, Hope One travels to locations throughout Morris County with a Sheriff’s officer, a licensed clinician, and a peer recovery specialist to recovery services. Alton Robinson, a representative of Community Recovery Center, also spoke about his efforts in coordinating recovery services for those who suffering from addiction.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic continues to be a scourge on the citizens of New Jersey. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to combat this through our various initiatives and our strong focus on educating the public”. Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Deliver Opioid Presentation to Municipal Welfare Organization

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Deliver Opioid Presentation to Municipal Welfare Organization

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 Make First Degree Drug Arrests

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr. announce the arrest of several cocaine distributors following a long-term drug investigation that began in June 2018 into the importation and distribution of cocaine into Morris County. This investigation culminated on November 15, 2018 and November 17, 2018, when investigators executed four (4) search warrants resulting in ten (10) arrests and the seizure of over five hundred (500) grams of cocaine, over $10,000 in drug distribution proceeds, and five (5) vehicles utilized in furtherance of drug distribution activity.

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

1. Abel Mejia-Lara, age 37 of North Bergen, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 3 counts of Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

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

• 3 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 4 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Mejia-Lara is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention Motion.

2. Erlin N. Duarte-Oseguero, age 27 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 1 count of Second Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

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

• 2 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

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

• 5 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

• 1 count of Third-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Duarte-Oseguera is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention Motion.

3. Cesar D. Acosta-Shuna, age 35 of Union City, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of First-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

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

• 2 counts of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 3 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

• 1 count of Second-Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

Duarte-Oseguera is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a Detention Motion.

4. Walter O. Cabrera-Martinez, age 36 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following:

• 1 count of third-degree Possession of Cocaine

Cabrera-Martinez was released on a Summons Complaint.

5. Maria G. Ramos, age 36 of West New York, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Ramos was released on a Summons Complaint.

6. Rudy Mendez-Lopez, age 20 of Morristown, NJ, was charged with the following:

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Mendez-Lopez is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility awaiting his First Appearance.

7. Gabriella Pieneda, age 32 of Morristown, NJ, was charged with the following:

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Pieneda is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility awaiting her First Appearance.

8. Yassir Martinez, age 40 of Morristown, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of Third-Degree Distribution of Cocaine

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

• 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Martinez was released on a Summons Complaint.

9. Edwin Garcia, age 39 of Morristown, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

• 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Garcia was released on a Summons Complaint.

10. Alexander Rodriguez-Bejaran, age 43 of Linden, NJ, was charged with the following:

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

• 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

• 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute

Rodriguez-Bejaran was released on a Summons Complaint.

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “We are losing too many of our citizens to the disease of addiction. This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working together to infiltrate criminal organizations impacting Morris County. Fortunately, the Morris County Narcotics task force, led by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, dismantled a drug trafficking group and the investigation resulted in the removal of a significant quantity of cocaine from our community.”

Prosecutor Knapp wishes to thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to the Task Force: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Morristown Police Department, West New York Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, Town of Dover Police Department and Morris Plains Police Department.

The investigation and prosecution is being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division.

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.

Any inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]