Camden Cocaine Dealer Gets Eight Years in Prison

A Camden man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison, officials said.  Nafeez “Feez” Griffin, 31, will also be subjected to three years of supervised release after finishing his sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. 

Griffin was part of a drug dealing organization when he sold the narcotics on Lansdowne Avenue in the city on Nov. 30, 2015, authorities said. He was charged Sept. 9, 2016 after a lengthy investigation by the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force.

He pleaded guilty in June to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Fellow members of the crew supplied drugs to Griffin and he made separate crack deals, according to court filings.

Authorities said the investigation led law enforcement officers to seize two handguns used by members of the drug distribution crew as well as narcotics. Investigators also used court-approved wiretaps to intercept cell phones used by members of the ring.


Man Faces 20 Years for Armed Robbery at Vineland Bank

A man faces 20 years in state prison for holding up a Vineland bank four years ago, authorities say.

Leonard Johnson, 53, of Millville was found guilty in Superior Court this week of first-degree armed robbery, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Authorities say Johnson went into the Susquehanna Bank at the intersection of Garden Road and Delsea Drive on April 24, 2013, where he gave a teller a note demanding money and told her he had a gun.

He then fled the area on a bicycle, Webb-McRae said. Authorities did not say how much cash he got.

Johnson was arrested after a joint investigation involving the Vineland Police Department, New Jersey State Police and the FBI.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 3. Along with facing 20 years in prison, Johnson will be subject to the No Early Release Act, Webb-McRae said.

The three-week trial was held before Superior Court Judge Cristen D’Arrigo. Elizabeth Vogelsong prosecuted the case and attorney Terry Stomel represented Johnson.


Man Charged in Armed Robbery of Pennsville Market

Authorities say they have arrested the armed man who is accused of holding up Rachel’s Market early Friday morning.
Juan Garduno-Reza, 23, of Penns Grove has been charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and theft in the incident,
Pennsville Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings said Sunday.
Thanks to an anonymous tip through social media, officers tracked Garduno-Reza down to a home on Miramar Drive in Pennsville where he ultimately was arrested Saturday,
according to Cummings.
Garduno-Reza had outstanding warrants against him.

Car Damaged by Gunfire in Jersey City

A car was damaged by gunfire early Sunday morning, officials said.

Shots were fired near Communipaw Avenue and Van Horne Street at about 3 a.m., city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

No one was injured or arrested in the shooting, she said.

Jersey Journal freelance photographer was at the scene at about 10 a.m., where police were removing a car that was struck by multiple bullets.

2 Injured in Drive-By Shooting in Trenton

Police say two people were injured in a shooting Sunday and a man was arrested on unrelated weapons charges at the scene.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. on the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue, police said.
Officers responding to a report of shots fired found casings and later received information that two men — ages 17 and 24 — arrived at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds.
They told police they were in the area when a dark-colored vehicle drove by and began shooting at them, police said. Both were shot in the torso, but are in stable condition, police said.
The Shooting Response Team continues to investigate.
While detectives were investigating Sunday, police say a “highly intoxicated” man tried to enter the crime scene and was behaving in a “tumultuous” manner.
He was armed with a knife and spat at officers trying to take him into custody, police said.
Kyle Stephen, 51, is charged with throwing bodily fluid on a law enforcement officer, weapons offenses, improper behavior and obstructing the administration of law.

Man Shot to Death on Trenton Street

Detectives are investigating the death of a man who was shot on East State Street Monday night, officials said.

Police officers, firefighters, and EMS were sent to the 1100 block of East State Street, near North Olden Avenue, at about 10:15 p.m. and found a man shot multiple times, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

The man was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later at a city hospital, officials said.

The victim was not immediately identified, and police said Tuesday no arrests had been made in the investigation.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force is leading the investigation.

A 68-year- old man was killed in an apartment fire Tuesday morning, authorities said. 

Tyrone Heard was found in his first-floor apartment at the Seth Boyden Apartments when firefighters went in to extinguish the blaze, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D.

Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said.

He was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. after officials were notified of the fire at 12:55 a.m., authorities said.

The cause of Heard’s death is pending an autopsy.

The Newark Fire Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the blaze.

Two Men Wounded in Plainfield Shooting

Two men were injured in a shooting in Plainfield on Monday afternoon.
The two victims were hit by gunfire at 1:30 pm near the corner of West Fourth and Liberty
streets. Police say both men were targeted by the shooter.
A car involved in the shooting has been located—however, no arrests have been made.
Neither man was willing to cooperate with the police. Both were hospitalized with injuries that
weren’t considered to be life threatening

Man Stabs Mom’s Boyfriend 17 Times to Protect Her

A former Kinnelon man is on trial in Morristown for stabbing his mother’s boyfriend 17 times to
protect his mother and himself from the boyfriend’s aggression.
Francis S. Thomas, the man on trial, reportedly claimed that he grabbed a knife from the
mother’s boyfriend, Edward Mendy, after interrupting an argument between Mendy and Thomas’
mother, Mignone Njie. He stabbed Mendy 17 times with a six-inch kitchen knife to his neck,
shoulder, face, head, back and arm.
Thomas was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and other
assault and weapons charges in connection with the incident

Man Arrested by Police After Crashing His Car in Galloway

Travis C. Wilson, a 24-year-old man from Port Republic, was caught fleeing from police Monday and was arrested after crashing his car.

The police chased Wilson into Galloway, where he crashed near the corner of Leipig and Cologne avenues. He then fled on foot, and was later brought to a local hospital to be treated for injuries received in the cash.

Wilson was charged with eluding, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, and motor vehicle offenses in Egg Harbor and Galloway.