Sheriff: 4 arrested over 3-day period for DWIs, stolen car and heroin possession

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After conducting a series of roving patrols between Saturday and Monday, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office arrested four for driving while intoxicated, stealing a car and being in possession of heroin, Sheriff Frank Schillari said. Sheriff's office

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My officers and I are committed to serve and protect the residents of Hudson County,” Schillari said in a statement.

“These roving patrols are beneficial to maintain our communities safe and to show those individuals that break the law that they will be caught and brought to justice.”

Raul Monroy, of Union City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and driving with an expire license on Sunday after he was pulled over for speeding in the area of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 74th Street in North Bergen, officials said.

Sheriff’s officers administered a field sobriety test and it was later determined that the driver had a blood alcohol content of .18, over twice the legal limit, authorities said.

Additionally, Isaac Martillo, of Jersey City, was charged with receiving stolen property, while the passenger in vehicle was transported to the Essex County jail due to an active criminal warrant on Saturday, officials said.

After receiving a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) alert for a stolen vehicle, sheriff’s officers pulled over a vehicle that matched the alert description in the area of Culver Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, according to Schillari.

Furthermore, Gaston Gonzalez, of Jersey City, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with an expired license, driving with an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle and careless driving on Sunday, officials said.

In this incident, sheriff’s officers stopped a vehicle driving carelessly in the area of Bleeker Street and John F.  Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

As a result, the driver was stopped and administered a field sobriety test. After failing the test, a breathalyzer revealed that Gonzalez had a .18 blood alcohol content, authorities said.

Vincent Salerno, of Jersey City, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of heroin with intent to distribute, Schillari stated.

A sheriff’s officer approached an individual acting in a suspicious manner in front of the Central Avenue entrance to the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.

When the Sheriff’s Officer asked Salerno for identification, he opened up his bag and the officer observed what he determined to be two bundles of suspected heroin, later confirming the two bundles contained 15 bags of heroin, officials said.

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  1. Can someone explain legal standing of court officers doing police street work?/
    Sheriff is there to assist county courts, not do dwi. It might be illegal to begin with. Just like assisting hcdo during business hours.

    • That’s not true, some sheriff’s officers assigned to courts but vast majority are not and do patrols.

    • This is a common misconception. Sheriff’s Officers are not “court officers.” In the State of New Jersey, they are law enforcement officers with full police powers both on and off duty. Like Police Officers, Sheriff’s Officers are required to attend and graduate from the Basic Course for Police Officers at an academy approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

      Prior to the disbandment of the Hudson County Police Department in 1996, the Sheriff’s Office did little proactive police work. After 1996, however, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office took over the policing of county roads, parks, and properties. Today, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office maintains, in addition to its Court Division, an active Patrol Bureau, Accident Investigation Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Detective Bureau, SWAT, and other specialty units to assist the municipalities of Hudson County.

      You are simply mistaken in your belief that the Sheriff’s Office exists only “to assist county courts.” Under NJSA 40A:9-117.6, the duties of a Sheriff’s Office specifically include “…the investigation and apprehension of violators of the law…” New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission further clarifies that Sheriff’s Officers “may be assigned to perform other law
      enforcement or public safety related duties outside the parameters of a courtroom environment, which may include criminal investigations, patrol duties, dispute intervention/resolution, public safety/service assistance, traffic control and enforcement, motor vehicle accidents, etc., and/or other assignments as determined by the appointing authority.”

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