Fairfield Officers Jeffrey Dean and Steven D’Argenio Discover 300 Bags of Heroin After Route 80 Traffic Stop
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
FAIRFIELD, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Fairfield Police Officers Jeffrey Dean and Steven D’Argenio charged Michael Toth, 35, of Dingmans Ferry, PA, and William Braxton, 28, of Lake Ariel, PA, with:
At about 2:27pm, the officers observed a 2000 Jeep that reportedly had an unclear rear license plate. They stopped the car, which was driven by Toth accompanied with D'Argenio as a passenger, and spoke with the two men separately. Apparently, both men gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from and who they had met when at that location. To the officers, they seemed "extremely nervous."
The officers asked Toth to give them permission to search his Jeep and he refused. The police then requested the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to assist and they responded with an officer and Narcotic K-9 dog. The K-9 gave positive indications for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
The Jeep was towed until a search warrant was obtained. Once authorized, the investigation continued and officers reportedly found 300 glassine envelopes containing suspected Heroin stashed in the car's center console.
“This was a very nice seizure of heroin
Both Toth and Braxton were arrested, charged and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.