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Chief Assistant Prosecutor Salvatore Bellomo 973-720-7100 Extension 212
Pills: Children as young as 12 and 13 found using ecstasy
That's the thing with Ecstasy , said Passaic County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Salvatore Bellomo , who heads his county's narcotics task force.
It's a small pill , looks about the same size as an aspirin , and so it's easily transported -- and easily concealed..
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The arrests, which included 10 suspects, were made over several days in December, but authorities did not release information about the case until now because there were pending investigations, said Salvatore Bellomo, Passaic County chief assistant prosecutor.
could not say what led investigators to look at Tafankaji again, but that "evidence was developed through the investigation" that led authorities to believe he
and others were involved in dealing ketamine, an animal tranquilizer.The investigation began in September and ended last month.
When Caruso was arrested, police found 120 bottles of ketamine - worth about $9,000 on the street, as well as $22,500 in cash, Bellomo
During the investigation, a Fair Lawn man, Angelo Galvez, 24, was charged with possessing 120 bottles of ketamine that Bellomo
said came from Caruso.
Caruso and Ali also are charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping for allegedly snatching a New York City man in November, Bellomo
The two men allegedly brought the unnamed man to a gym that Ali owned and pistol whipped and beat him to try to get payments on a $120,000 loan, Bellomo
Tafankaji and several other defendants, including Caruso's 60-year-old father, also are charged with gambling offenses for taking bets on sporting events, Bellomo
Most recently, Tafankaji posted an additional $250,000, Bellomo
said the investigation was the result of collaboration between the Passaic County Prosecutor's Joint Narcotics Task Force
, the Sheriff's Department, and officers in Bergen and Monmouth counties, as well as the DEA
, and state police.
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Man, 48, held as heroin wholesaler
Felix Cuba Leyva , 48 , had been obtaining heroin and selling it to small-time dealers in Passaic for at least a year , said Salvatore Bellomo , Passaic County chief assistant prosecutor.
said authorities did not release information about the arrest sooner because the investigation was continuing.Bellomo
said that over the past three months undercover investigators bought 5 ounces of heroin from Leyva's dealers in Passaic.Three ounces were found in Leyva's home on Parker Street , and about 2 ounces were found in his
Ford Explorer when he
was arrested on Route 21 in Newark , Bellomo
All told , the drugs are worth about $120 , 000.Police also seized $9 , 300 found in Leyva's home , Bellomo
expects to present evidence to a grand jury that Leyva was also packaging some of the heroin at his
home.A search warrant turned up 2 , 000 glassine envelopes for packaging drugs , as well as stamps to mark the packages with brand names such as Hot Party , DOA , and In Too Deep , he
In addition , Bellomo
said , police found five coffee grinders -- items that can be used in the drug trade.
They had a special brew they were making , Bellomo
joked.They used the grinders to mix the 'cut' [ a substance used to dilute drugs ] and break it down..
Police also found strainers and digital scales -- other items used for packaging drugs , Bellomo
Also arrested on Thursday was Leyva's girlfriend , Ana Ithier , 41 , who was allegedly involved in the operation by taking and filling drug orders , Bellomo
Walcott, 23, is charged with first-degree ...
Walcott, 23, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, said Salvatore Bellomo, a senior assistant prosecutor.
said the complaint alleges Walcott punched a man in the head.