Multi-agency crackdown leads to arrest of 42 people, confiscation of drugs and guns

New Jersey’s streets are a little safer thanks to a major crime crackdown that confiscated guns and drugs.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2022, 11:54 PM

Updated 545 days ago

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New Jersey’s streets are a little safer thanks to a major crime crackdown that confiscated guns and drugs.
Authorities announced five statewide investigations that led to the arrests of 42 people.
Fourteen of those alleged offenders were arrested on Wednesday. They are accused of being part of a drug ring working out of and around the Oscar Miles Village housing complex in Newark.
“The people of Oscar Miles Village can rest comfortably tonight knowing some of these offenders will be off the street,” says Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Frage.
U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced the arrests in Newark on Wednesday surrounded by members of the violent crime initiative he says is responsible for the successful crackdown.
“A collective multi-agency approach we have employed across New Jersey to target the alleged forces that use violent crime,” Sellinger says.
The partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies has busted 10 people in Newark’s Lincoln Park, two other rings in Jersey City and Paterson, and one organization operating out of four state counties. Most of the charges are drug and weapons-related. Some also include violent crimes, such as carjacking, shootings and murder.
Those involved in the investigation say it has made New Jersey safer. They cite statistics that show gun incidents are 23% lower today than they were this time last year.
“Criminals and crime don't have jurisdictional boundaries,” says Frange. “In this case, law enforcement should not either.”
Some of the other agencies included in the investigation include the FBI, ATF, DEA, local police departments, county sheriffs and county prosecutors.


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