Dozens arrested in New Jersey drug investigation (PHOTOS)

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office has identified dozens of suspects arrested during Operation Day Tripper.
April 22, 2013 3:35:34 PM PDT
Dozens of people have been arrested as part of a long-term drug investigation centered in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III announced the results of "Operation Day Tripper" on Monday, which targeted heroin traffickers and consumers who would allegedly travel to Newark, Trenton and Easton, Pa. for their drugs. In some cases, Kearns said, the trips would be made daily.

"One or two people will travel in, or a group may actually travel in, they buy enough to support their habit and then extra to supply to others," Kearns said.

The prosecutor's office released the names and photos of 49 suspects.

The operation was launched after a string of burglaries in Hunterdon and Somerset counties in the beginning of 2012. The investigation revealed a link between the burglaries and drugs, Kearns said.

"We had clear evidence that the effects of addictive narcotic drugs were causing an increase in other crimes across the county," Kearns said in a statement.

During "Operation Day Tripper," police would conduct surveillance and arrest suspects once they returned to Hunterdon County with their drugs. The arrests occurred over a 10 month period, with 3,000 bags of heroin seized along with six vehicles and $6,000 in cash.

"We also found that young people were typically getting addicted to pharmaceutical opiate drugs first and turning to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get. A bag of heroin can sell for as little as $4-5 in the city," Kearns said in a statement. "Next thing you know, they are driving to Newark or Trenton twice a week to pick up."

With help from Homeland Security officials, the operation also intercepted 6? pounds of raw heroin smuggled from Honduras in baby food containers that was delivered to an apartment building in Flemington.

"$1.25 million is the street value of when that heroin is cut down," Hunterdon County Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski said. Kearns also said that Hunterdon County is a gateway for drug distribution in New Jersey, as Interstate 78 runs right through Hunterdon and connects the ports of New York and New Jersey to the entire state and Pennsylvania.

"We aren't going to sugarcoat this. This county has drug dealers, drug addicts, and street gangs, and they are affecting the quality of life here," Kearns said.

Anyone with information about drug activity in Hunterdon County can submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to www.crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging "HCTIPS" plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters can also download the free mobile app "Tipsubmit" and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.

Those arrested are:

Wendy Miner ? Flemington ? Age 47

Tamyra Harris ? Trenton ? Age 37

Brianna Jones ? Trenton ? Age 21

Marlon Dean ? Hamilton ? Age 35

Robert Wilson ? New Hope, Pa ? Age 43

James Winrow ? Trenton ? Age 18

Timothy Farrell ? High Bridge ? Age 32

Stefan Weber ? Flemington ? Age 23

Stephen Davis ? Flemington ? Age 49

Christopher Volekas? Flemington ? Age 58

Randy Adams ? Flemington ? Age 22

Tasos Tasigiannis ? Clinton ? Age 21

Jessica Parcel ? Flemington ? Age 26

Michael Weaver ? Annandale ? Age 29

Brian Fiorello ? Annandale ? Age 23

Daniel Keane ? Annandale ? Age 22

Honora Calamonaco ? Flemington ? Age 31

James Buccos ? Raritan Township ? Age 44

Stacey Alberti ? Flemington ? Age 35

James Roach ? Flemington ? Age 51

Jamie Blevins ? Flemington ? Age 32

Edward Hala III ? Flemington ? Age 36

Stacey E. Badore ? Flemington ? Age 42

Judith Lance-Lannigan ? Flemington ? Deceased

Wade McFadden Jr ? Newark ? Age 45

Emma J. Lefkowitz ? Peapack ? Age 33

Frankie Massenberg ? Flemington ? Age 44

Sharon Harris ? Flemington ? Age 43

Donald J. Luster III ? Glen Gardner ? Age 26

Danielle R. Miller ? Glen Gardner ? Age 20

Edward C. White ? Trenton ? Age 34

Angela Marino ? Trenton ? Age 19

Bryson A. Gomez ? Raritan Township ? Age 23

Amanda M. Guerra ? Stockton ? Age 24

Phillip J. Brown ? New Brunswick ? Age 27

Jermaine Grant ? Easton - Age 26

Jennifer L. Voigt ? Bethlehem, Pa ? Age 30

Meriah Bartee ? Newark ? Age 30

James E. Higgins, Jr. ? Flemington ? Age 27

Brett R. Fisher ? Raritan Township ? Age 37

Thomas Birmingham - Dunellen ? Age 24

Kathryn McFarland ? Dunellen ? Age 20

Darnell Starks ? Newark ? Age 23

Asad Majors ? East Orange ? Age 20

Frank Grigilo ? Raritan Boro ? Age 21

Matthew Lybik ? Glen Gardner ? Age 21

Lilly C. Roessner ? Trenton ? Age 19

Mark Royal ? Plainfield ? Age 31

Michael Levy ? Somerset ? Age 30


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