Suspected Heroin Confiscated at Morris County Courthouse

On Tuesday, May 30th, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office seized 19 bags of suspected heroin prior to it entering the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Thasseus Licata, 31, of Netcong, was taken into custody at the Morris County Superior Courthouse for a Violation of Probation.  Prior to placing Licata into a central holding area within the courthouse, a cursory search of the detainee conducted by Correction Officer Matthew Dunbar revealed the suspected heroin hidden within Licata’s sock.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “This lends truth to the opioid crisis we are currently faced with throughout Morris County and the rest of the country.  A find such as this may have prevented a possible overdose, and possibly another fatality within police custody.”

Undersheriff Alan J. Robinson said, “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance for the introduction of contraband into the Morris County Courthouse and moreover into the Morris County Correctional Facility.  Persons found to be in possession of criminal contraband will be charged accordingly.”

Consequently, Licata was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and issued a summons.  He was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility where he is currently lodged without bail on the Violation of Probation.

Denville – CrimeStoppers Crime of the Week

Denville Township Police is investigating an incident that occurred on May 29, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m.  The above vehicles illegally trespassed onto Morris Knolls High School property, specifically Caruso Stadium. The actors then parked their vehicles in the faculty parking lot before walking down to Caruso Stadium. The actors then appeared to ignite a wax-or wax like substance which caused extensive damage to the track. After the criminal mischief took place, the actors fled the property in the three depicted vehicles at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Image of pickup truck & two sedans leaving high school parking lot

We are asking anyone that may have information to please contact Morris County CrimeStoppers at:

www.copcall.org or 973-COP-CALL
Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP”
NO ONE WILL ASK YOUR NAME!
YOU could receive a REWARD up to $1,000.00

Pre-trial Electronic Monitoring Approved

A front view of the Morris County Correctional Facility from the parking lot
Morris County Correctional Facility

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has become the first agency in New Jersey to enter into a formal agreement with the State Administrative Office of the Courts to allow for electronic monitoring of select defendants prior to trial.

The memorandum of understanding between the Superior Court’s Morris/Sussex Vicinage and the Sheriff’s Bureau of Corrections, went into effect on Thursday, May 25.

Under terms of the agreement, defendants eligible to wear electronic monitoring devices are those arrested on a CDR-2/complaint warrant for an indictable crime or those arrested on disorderly persons’ offenses occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2017.

Prior to approval of pre-trial electronic monitoring, staff from the Administrative Office of the Courts will conduct a public safety assessment on each eligible defendant. The assessment would employ objective and research-based criteria to identify if a defendant could pose a danger to public safety or might fail to appear in court.

If a defendant passes the review, the respective court would consider electronic monitoring after hearing from prosecution and defense attorneys.

“Fundamentally, when a defendant receives a court order to wear an electronic monitoring device as part of pre-trial release, specially trained officers at the Morris County Correctional Facility will apply an ‘ankle bracelet’ on the defendant which will serve as a tracking device,’’ said Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Following application of the electronic monitoring device, the defendant will be released into the community and allowed to work and attend school until their case is resolved.

If a defendant does not comply with specific regulations set by the court, authorities at the Morris County Correctional Facility will take appropriate action as defined within the agreement.

The AOC is confident the working relationship with Morris County will be a success and is hopeful it will serve as a model for other New Jersey counties to follow.