Surveillance Leads To Drug Distribution Arrest
By Saul Qersdyn
Published: September 21, 2013
Detectives from the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) conducted an investigation Wednesday afternoon after receiving several complaints of drug activity on the 800 block of Elm Street. Within minutes of setting up surveillance, detectives observed a drug transaction between a male occupant of an Elm Street residence and two individuals who drove away from the scene.
A traffic stop was conducted by RPPD of the suspects on Chestnut Street in the Township where, reportedly, Christopher Breen, 29, and Grace Covino, 30, both of Union, were found in possession of several tablets of suspected Oxycontin. Both were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Loitering to commit a drug offense.
The investigation remained throughout the day and into the evening as police continued surveillance of the target of the investigation, Christopher Parker, 32, a resident of the 800 block of Elm Street.
According to police, RPPD followed as he traveled to Target and Walmart along the Route 22 corridor in Union County and watched as he conducted another drug transaction in the City of Newark. Parker was followed back to Roselle Park and was stopped on West Sumner Avenue as he attempted to return to his home. Parker was found in possession of 10 ‘folds” of suspected heroin. He was charged with Possession of CDS/Schedule 2 narcotic, Possession of CDS/Heroin and Distribution of CDS/Schedule 2 narcotic. He was lodged into the Union County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Parker stated he visited the department stores so he could make returns to fuel his drug habit. Parker stated he took new unopened toys from his house mate’s child, returned them, and used the cash to purchase heroin minutes later in Newark.