On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 members of the Union Police Department (UPD) concluded an investigation into the sales of illegal drugs within the Township of Union when they executed a search warrant on the 300 block of East Webster Avenue in Roselle Park. The lead investigator, Union Township Detective David Pinto, learned that the suspect, Kaseem Sutton, was selling heroin at various locations within the Township and determined that the person selling the drugs resided in Roselle Park but would travel to other locations to distribute the illegal drugs.
With the assistance of an undercover officer, heroin was purchased from the seller on multiple dates. Detective Pinto went before Union County Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel, J.S.C. and applied for a search warrant of the suspect’s home in Roselle Park. The search warrant was granted and on October 2, 2013, Detectives stopped and arrested Kaseem Sutton in Elizabeth. He was with two (2) women who were also arrested and suspected heroin was recovered. Members of the Union Police Department Emergency Response Team then entered the home on East Webster Avenue and executed the search warrant. Upon entry to the basement area, officers observed a dog charging at them up the stairs. Reportedly, the dog was aggressive and attempted to bite an officer who fired one (1) shot, killing the dog. No other injuries were reported during the incident. The residence was then searched and an additional amount of suspected heroin as well as $9,000.00 in cash were found in the home and seized.
The people arrested were:
- Kaseem Sutton, age 35 from Roselle Park
- Tasha Branch, from Roselle Park
- Sherri Owens, age 28 from Newark
Sutton was charged on multiple crimes, including Sale to an Undercover Police Officer. The two women were also charged for their part in the CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance) sales. All three have been released on bail.
Assisting in the investigation were members of the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from the Newark field office. Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) nor Union County SWAT were involved nor present at the scene.