Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
Prosecutor

Contact:
John Holl
(908) 527-4621
jholl@ucnj.org

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2012

Four Men Arrested in Drug Sweep


Following a three-month investigation, four men were arrested earlier this week and more than 70 bricks of heroin and $36,000 in cash were seized, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Dubbed “Operation Nine Lives” the arrests were part of a joint investigation with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Elizabeth Police Department. The arrests on Tuesday were the third prong of an investigation that has already netted seven other arrests, including Wendell Wilson, a high-ranking member of the East Side Mob Gang PIRU, a set of the Bloods criminal street gang. The second prong of the investigation resulted in the arrest of Kareem Anderson and the execution of a search warrant in Harrison, New Jersey.  During that portion of the investigation, detectives seized a Ruger P345 handgun, approximately $90,000 in cash, and 2 ½  kilograms of heroin with a street value of $140,000.

The third prong of the investigation occurred late on Tuesday and resulted in the arrest of Dennis Jones, also known as “Fat Cat,” and three other individuals.  Search warrants were executed in the Elizabeth, Fords, and Rahway and investigators seized 75 bricks of heroin packaged for street-level distribution with a street value of $38,000, a .40 caliber handgun, and  $36,000 in cash.  Jones, DOB: 04/04/1976, was charged with being the Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network and Maintaining a Drug Manufacturing Facility.  The investigation revealed that members of Jones’ distribution network distributed throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“These were not small time dealers, but rather men who ran a sophisticated, wide-reaching, and lucrative drug ring both in and outside the state of New Jersey” said Romankow. “This is an example of multiple law enforcement agencies combining their resources and working together to remove high level drug dealers from the streets. I am very proud of the efforts of all involved.”

A list of those arrested and their charges appear below.

1.    Dennis Wactor, DOB: 01/06/1987
1051 Bond Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bail set at $500,000
3degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
1degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute

2.    Rasheen Tucker, DOB 02/17/1976
651 Cora Place, Second Floor
Rahway, New Jersey
Bail set at $2,000,000
3degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
1degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute
1degree Maintaining a Production Facility

3.    Clarence Johnson, DOB: 12/29/1975
582 Pennsylvania Avenue, Second Floor
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bail set at $2,000,000
3degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
1degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute
2degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons

4.    Dennis Jones, DOB: 04/04/1976
32 Woodland Avenue
Fords, New Jersey
Bail set at $3,000,000
3degree Maintaining a Production Facility
1degree Leader of a Narcotics Distribution Network
1degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
1degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute


These criminal charges are mere accusations.
The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.