42 arrested, 4 on the loose in Monmouth drug sweep
Forty-two people are arrested, four more are sought, and a major Monmouth County drug artery is severed, say investigators who completed a five-month investigation, centered in Freehold Borough, and touching counties as far away as Somerset and Hudson.
Kenneth Crooms, 44, of Freehold Borough, the original target of "Operation Justice Served," was held on $1,061,000 bail, and was given an option for release on payment of 10 percent.
The arrests took place during the past month, according to the office of Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni. Investigators estimate that the network moved at least 2,500 bags of heroin and 200 grams of cocaine through the county each week.
The probe also revealed trafficking in marijuana, oxycodone and Percocet. Detectives seized more than 2,700 bags of heroin, 300 grams of cocaine, 16 ounces of marijuana and what they described as dozens of pills.
Investigation of Crooms began in late Spring of this year and grew to encompass 12 more suspects.
Crooms faces two second-degree charges of distribution of controlled dangerous substances and possession of controlled dangerous substances, two third-degree counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute, and one second-degree conspiracy charge.
Facing the same charges, with varying bail amouns and conditions, are:
Newman Davis, 39, of Freehold Township, also charged in Freehold Borough with first-degree possession with intent to distribute
Carson Givens a/k/a Carson Crooms, 36, of Manalapan, still at large
Welman B. Crooms, 39, of Freehold Township, still at large
Andre L. Williams, 40, of Bayonne
Kayla Vold, 22, of Freehold Township
Kelly L. Andriessen, 21, of Freehold Township, still at large
Erikan Hassan, 34, of Manalapan
William Torres, 54, of Freehold
Juan Heredia, 31, of Freehold
Michael W. Garrett, 49, of Freehold, also charged with second-degree possession of a firearm during a CDS offense
Amanda N. Rivera, 35, of Long Branch
Angel J. Fuentes, 25, of Somerset Township, also charged in Freehold Borough with first-degree possession with intent to distribute
Twenty-eight alleged buyers who, investigators said, patronized Kenneth Crooms or Newman Davis regularly, face third-degree possession and conspiracy charges:
John Smith Jr., 41, of Freehold
Ahmed Ibrahim, 25, of Freehold
Shannon Gregory, 24, of Howell
Cody Olmo, 25, of Oceanport, still at large
Eric Alleyne, 46, of Freehold
Emmett Odonnell, 49, of Freehold
Stevens Cordova, 36, of Freehold
Jason Galatro, 45, of Freehold
John Loprete, 56, of Freehold
Michael Perri, 47, of Freehold
Christopher Odonnell, 53, of Monroe Township
Austin Ventura, 27, of Manalapan
James Mulligan, 61, of Freehold Township
Fabrizio Illiano, of Freehold, believed to be in the US illegally
Giovanni Illiano, 46, of Freehold Township
Louis Almonte, 46, of Freehold
Richard T. Burger, 46, of Freehold Township
Michael J. Migliore, 43, of Freehold Township
Jaclyn R. Nalven, 31, of Freehold Township
Gina B. Levtov, 35, of Manalapan Township
Kevin Bellach, 44, of Freehold Township
Peter C. Stiles, 46, of Freehold
Michael J. Ferriole, 37, of Freehold Township
Richard J. Pretty, 42, Howell Township
Eric Ousley, 55, of Freehold Township
Darren Whiting, 48, of Freehold
Kevin L. Washington, 52, of Millstone Township
James M. Fair, 51, of Freehold
Husmir Salihagic, 32, of Freehold, was charged with fourth degree Possession of CDS and third degree Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute. Bail was set in Marlboro Municipal at a full $7,000
Four arrested in the course of the investigation and facing various third-degree counts of possession of prescription legend drugs, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, are
Jennifer Suydam, 28, of Marlboro
Christine Hicks, 43, of Freehold Township
Anthony Macario, 49, of Jackson.
Tahean M. Greenhow, 46, of Freehold, is charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Carson Givens, Welman B. Crooms, Kelly Andriessen or Cody Olmo is asked to contact Detective Christopher Guy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 1-800-533-7443, or local police.
Authorities warn against attempting to apprehend them.
Anonymous tips can be sent to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential tip line, 1-800-671-4400; or text "MONMOUTH" plus the tip to 274637; or send it via e-mail at the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers web page. Crime Stoppers pays up ot $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of fugitives.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Matthews, Director of the Narcotics and Organized Criminal Enterprises Bureau.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.