Perth Amboy Police Blotter: Officers Make Multiple Drug Arrests

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Jan. 5 – In the area of Smith and Oak streets, police arrested Anthony Crudup, 48, and Shyron Thomas, 32. Officers seized cocaine worth an estimated $50. Crudup was charged with possession of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer, distribution of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a school zone and within 500 feet of a public housing complex & resisting arrest. Thomas was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone & conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Judge George M. Boyd set bail at $25,000 with no 10 percent option for each suspect. Detective Mabner Terron led the investigation.

Jan. 9 – Police arrested Yeudi Garcia, 21, and Augustin Hernandez, 25, while conducting an investigation in the area of the 300 block of Smith Street. Police seized marijuana worth an estimated $4,000 and $732 in cash. The suspects were charged with possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession of marijuana over one ounce with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone & within 500 feet of a public housing complex. Judge George M. Boyd set bail at $50,000 with no 10 percent option. Detective David Guzman led the investigation.

Jan. 11 – Officers arrested Stephon Wilton, 19, of Toms River after receiving a complaint of marijuana smoking at an apartment in a building on the 700 block of Pfieffer Boulevard. Police seized a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and marijuana with an estimated street value of $200. Wilton was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone and possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Judge George M. Boyd set bail at $75,000 with no 10 percent option. Detective Sergeant Carmelo Jimenez Jr. led the investigation.

Jan. 15 – Officers arrested Ely Cruz, 28, Jovan Olivares, 25, and a juvenile female after receiving a complaint of drug dealing at a gas station on the 100 block of New Brunswick Avenue. Police seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,100, $3,093 in U.S. currency, a digital scale and numerous empty baggies that could be used for packaging marijuana. Cruz and Olivares were charged with possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession of marijuana over 1 ounce with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone & within 500 feet of a public park & conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set bail at $50,000 with no 10 percent option for each suspect. The juvenile female was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and released to the custody of a parent. Detective Sergeant Carmelo Jimenez Jr. led the investigation.

Jan. 17 – Officers arrested Robert Malave, 20, during an investigation in the area of Division and Barracks streets. Police seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $820, digital scales and baggies that could be used for packaging. Malave was charged with possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession of marijuana over one ounce with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone & possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Detective Carlos Rodriguez led the investigation.

Jan. 22 – Police arrested David Irizarry, 45, during a motor vehicle stop for outstanding warrants. After searching his vehicle, police seized heroin with an estimated street value of $5,000. Two other occupants of the vehicle, Juan Guzman-Nieves, 39, and Richard Santiago, 45, were also arrested. Irizarry was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin over ½ ounce with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone. Guzman-Nieves was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and outstanding warrants. Santiago was arrested for several outstanding warrants. Detective Mabner Terron led the investigation.

Jan. 24 – Police assisted members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force to execute a search warrant on a residence on the 200 block of Silzer Street believed to be a marijuana growing facility. Officers arrested Thomas S. Anastasio, 29, who was charged with maintaining a narcotic operating facility, possession of over 1 ounce of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone, possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession of prescription legend drugs & possession of prescription drugs with the intent to distribute. Judge Allen Comba set bail at $250,000 with no 10 percent option. Police seized 33 marijuana plants and 56 oxycodone pills.  Investigator Donald Carruth of the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Task Force led the investigation.

Jan. 25 – Officers arrested Carlos Marin, 45, following a motor vehicle stop in the area of the 200 block of Hobart Street. Police recovered cocaine worth an estimated $1,800 and $1,442 in cash, and seized a 2000 Honda CRV. Marin was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over ½ ounce with the intent to distribute (2nd. degree), possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone & within 500 feet of a public park, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Judge Emery Z. Toth set bail at $25,000 with no 10 percent  option. Detective David Guzman led the investigation.

Feb. 5 – Officers arrested Corey Gomez, 27, and Matthew Gehring, 23, while conducting an investigation in the parking lot of a convenience store on the 500 block of Sayre Avenue. Police seized heroin and anabolic steroids worth an estimated $1,000, as well as $1,913 cash. Gomez was charged with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, & possession of anabolic steroids (synthetic drugs). Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set bail at $50,000 with no 10 percent option. Gehring was charged with possession of heroin and his bail was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent option. Detective Mohamed Mohamed led the investigation.


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