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Morris County narcotics task Force disrupts multi-county drug trafficking network

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Authorities have arrested several drug traffickers following an investigation into the importation and distribution of cocaine in Morris County and other counties, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

Between January 2017 and December 2018,members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force and detectives with the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department received information that Michael Swanson, 41, of Hackensack and multiple associates were importing and distributing cocaine in Morris and surrounding counties, Knapp said.

On December 17, 2018, as a result of the wide-ranging distribution network that Swanson operated, directed and controlled, Court-ordered search and arrest warrants were executed in Bergen County—where he lives, and Passaic County—where two of his associates live, by members of the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Tactical Narcotics Team, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office SWAT, Knapp said.

The investigation resulted in court authorization for 17 arrests, the seizure of more than 150 grams of cocaine,various packaging and drug distribution related materials, and over $5,200 in United States currency. In addition, four vehicles used by Swanson and his network of drug distributors were seized, Knapp said.

The following is a list of individuals charged in the investigation:

1. Michael Swanson (aka “Brian”) was charged with: first-degree leader of a drug trafficking network, second degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, fifteen counts of third-degree possession of cocaine, nine counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine, nine counts of third-degree distribution of cocaine, five counts of second degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and five counts of second-degree distribution of cocaine.

Swanson was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform, a motion for pretrial detention has been filed and will be heard on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

2. Keisha Swanson, 42, of Hackensack with second-degree conspiracy to distribute docaine.

Swanson was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform, a motion for pretrial detention has been filed and will be heard on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

3. Joanny Peon, (aka “JoJo”), 38, of Paterson was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, nine-counts of third-degree possession of cocaine, eight-counts of third-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, eight-counts of third-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and second-degree distribution of cocaine.

Peon was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform, a motion for pretrial detention has been filed and will be heard on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

4. James Gaita, 29, of Paterson was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, five-counts of third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, third-degree distribution of cocaine, four-counts of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, four-counts of second-degree distribution of cocaine.

Gaita was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform, a motion for pretrial detention has been filed and will be heard on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

5. Monique Colon, 28, of Ringwood was charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and third-degree distribution of cocaine.

Colon was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

6. Federico Bado, 35, of Roselle was charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and third-degree distribution of cocaine.

Bado was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

7. Silvana Ferreira, 33, of Ringwood was charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and third-degree distribution of cocaine.

Ferreira was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

8. Eileen Brennan, 52, of Lake Hiawatha was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Brennan was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

9. Devon Miles, 53, of Boonton was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Miles was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

10. Roger Kelly, 70, of Hamburg was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine and third-degree possession of cocaine.

Kelly was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and was later released with conditions.

11. Kenneth Poust, 52, of Wantage was charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

 Poust was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

12. Melinda Romero-Bonilla, 30, of Dover was charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Romero-Bonilla was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

13. Frank Oliver, 52 of Boonton with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine and third-degree possession of cocaine.

Oliver was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility and later released with conditions.

14. Cecile J. Aponte, 33, of Paterson, who remains at-large, has been charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and third-degree distribution of cocaine.

15. David S. Ruddy, age 38 of Metuchen, who remains at-large, has been charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, third-degree possession of cocaine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and third-degree distribution of cocaine.

16. Keith Andreasen, 46 of Ogdensburg, who remains at-large, has been charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

17. William Stivaly, age 59 of Lake Hiawatha, who remains at-large, has been charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

“This investigation uncovered a far-reaching cocaine distribution network controlled, organized,and directed by Michael Swanson who employed several subordinates to travel throughout Morris County and surrounding counties in their quest to be a full-service drug distribution network. This network included Swanson’s customers who, in turn, were re-sellers that further distributed the cocaine in several locations. This Office remains steadfast in its efforts to battle drug distribution throughout Morris County. I am extremely proud of the efforts and cooperation of all agencies involved,” Knapp said.

Knapp thanked the following agencies for their invaluable assistance and commitment to the Narcotics Task Force: the various units within the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office led by the Special Operations Division and the Special Enforcement Unit/Tactical Narcotics Team,Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office/Bergen County SWAT, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Town of Boonton Police Department,Boonton Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Morristown Bureau of Police, Dover Police Department, Morris County Park Police, Butler Police Department, Lincoln Park Borough Police Department, Rockaway Borough Police Department, Kinnelon Borough Police Department, Jefferson Township Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department, Denville Township Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, and Woodland Park Police Department.

If you have information as to the whereabouts of the at-large defendants, please contact your local police department or the Morris County Communications Center at (973) 285-2900.

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(Photo: Courtesy Morris County Prosecutor’s Office)