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Undercover Long Branch Police Narcotics Operation Nets 12 Arrests

All suspects arrested are Long Branch residents

An undercover narcotics operation conducted by the Long Branch Police has resulted in the arrested of 12 city residents.

Since the beginning of May, the Long Branch Police, led by the department's detective bureau, has been running the operation which concentrated on street-level narcotics dealers operating in the area of lower Broadway, according to Long Branch Police Captain Jason Roebuck.

Capt. Roebuck said newly-hired newly-hired Long Branch Police Officer Jesus Otero was instrumental in the operation.

"Officer Otero was a 3 year veteran of Patterson Police Department who was laid off due to budget cuts," Capt. Roebuck said in a release. "He is an Army veteran, serving in Kuwait and Iraq and speaks fluent Spanish. He was also virtually unknown within the City of Long Branch."

Officer Otero went undercover and was assisted by every member of the Long Branch Police Detective Bureau, and was led by Detective Sgt. Josh Bard. Officer Otero was sent to the lower Broadway area to purchase narcotics.

"After a slow start, he became wildly successful," Capt. Roebuck said. "Walking with a fake limp, Officer Otero became known as “Papi” (a slang Spanish term that translates into “Daddy”) to the local population as he walked up and down Broadway, conversing with everyone in both English and Spanish."

Capt. Roebucks said Officer Otero was able to purchase heroin and marijuana from many sources.

"He became so well known that local narcotics dealers would flock to him whenever he appeared, arguing over who would sell to him," Capt. Roebuck said.

On Aug. 23 warrants for 24 accused narcotics dealers were drawn up, and the detective bureau began serving the warrants that afternoon.

Twelve individuals have been arrested as of Aug. 28, and there are still outstanding warrants for many more suspects, Capt. Roebuck said. 

Participating in the arrests were Detectives Capt. Roebuck, Lt. Raymond Chaparro, Sgt. Jeff Pilone, Sgt. Bard, Scott Beaver, Charles Simonelli, Kim Leavy, Todd Coleman, Brendan Cahill, Marshall Brown, Michael Decker, Michael Verdadiero, Brian Garret and David House.  

The arrestees and their charges are:

• John Buffaloe, 64, 370 Long Branch Ave.: 3 counts of possession of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin in a school zone, 3 counts of distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park, one count of leader of a narcotics trafficking network. Bail was set at $695,000 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Larry Richardson, 50, 26 Sampson Place: Possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $125,00 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• George Reed, 52, 95 Seventh Ave.: 3 counts of possession of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin in a school zone, 3 counts of distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $375,00 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Mark Johnson, 57, 25 North Fifth Ave. #B: Possession of heroin, distribution of heroin,  distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $115,00 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Lynette Corbett, 48, 252 West End Ave.: Possession of heroin, distribution of heroin,  distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $55,00 by Judge Reisner, she was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Kelvin (Kink) Moore, 46, 99 Long Branch Ave.: Possession of heroin,  distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $115,00 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution

• Elmer Jimenez Martinez, 31, 95 Lippincott Ave.: 3 counts of possession of marijuana, 3 counts of distribution of marijuana, 3 counts of distribution of marijuana in a school zone, 3 counts of distribution of marijuana within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $195,00 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Madeline (Ida)Brown, 39, 50 Sixth Ave: Possession of heroin,  distribution of heroin,  distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $115,00 by Judge Reisner, she was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution

• Stephanie (Peaches) Smith (no age or address given): 2 counts of possession of heroin, 2 counts of distribution of heroin, 2 counts of distribution of heroin in a school zone, 2 counts of distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park, one count of conspiracy, and theft. Bail was set at $252,500 by Judge Reisner, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Patricia Hodge, 43, 111 Bath Ave. #21: 11 counts of possession of heroin, 9 counts of distribution of heroin, 8 counts of distribution of heroin in a school zone, 9 counts of distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $1,092,500 by Judge Reisner, she was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution. 

• Timothy Caster, 40, 227 Seaview Ave.: Possession of heroin, distribution of heroin,  distribution of heroin in a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Bail was set at $40,000 by Judge English, he was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

• James Dotts, 35 years old, 175  Long Branch Ave. #51: 3 counts of possession of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin, 3 counts of distribution of heroin in a school zone, 3 counts of distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park. Dotts is currently already housed in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on other charges. His bail is still being set.

John James August 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Why would you publicize the name of Officer Otero? You've potentially compromised his ability to engage in future undercover activity and potentially compromised his personal safety.
Rimfire August 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The undercover officer's identity should never have been released just to make good press, but this was a good operation by LBPD.
Blind Boy Grunt August 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM
A big thanks to the officer and the LBPD for putting their lives on the line to improve quality of life in our town. BBG
DataxMan August 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congrats, but unfortunately this does nothing to resolve the drug problem we have in LB. These are small time players. The drug users are still here and there will be another round of these small time players to sell to them. You need to go after the big fish and find a way to get people to stop using. It’s the only this will ever be resolved.
Big Whitey August 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I see we are still playing cops and robbers with my tax dollars. Want to solve the problem? Legalize all drugs and sell them right down at Monmouth Medical Center. Offer programs to get those interested clean, those that dont can sit home and get as high as they want. It is thier right, just as it is my right to not pay for this stupid game we play.
CHANGED MAN September 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
MAN THEY ALL ARE DRUG ADDICTS THEMSELVES THEY NEED PROGRAMS IN THEIR LIVES THESE COPS WASTED 3 MONTHS DOING UNDERCOVER BUYS FROM DRUG ADDICTS NOONE IS UNDER THE AGE OF 35
Eastwood September 06, 2012 at 02:49 PM
We will see how "liberal" you are when one of these "people" break into your home, hurt or possibly KILL you for some "smack." As for the Police, they are keeping your liberal deranged self safe on "tax" dollars.
Eastwood September 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Yeah, OK. Because it is not like the Police have noting else to do... Get real dude.
Lew Seto September 26, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Don't Caucasians use more drugs than blacks??? Why are these drug dealers dressed so poorly???????? Are ya going after the wrong people?????
Brian Conner October 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
None of these people were drug dealers. And its a well known fact that Officer Josh Bard as well as Lt. Raymond Chaparro, Sgt. Jeff Pilone, Charles Simonelli, and Todd Coleman are all dirty cops. They regularly violate peoples civil right by illegal searches and seizures and Chaparro, Simonelli, and Coleman have been reported several times for planting evidence as well as stealing drugs from people they stop and search. Some of these police officers are drug addicts themselves, there is a serious need for some reform in LBPD, who's policing the police?
bruceleroyjones December 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Brian Conner WoW! You just kick the field goal to Win the SuperBowl.
bruceleroyjones December 18, 2012 at 04:56 AM
3/4 Officers you state here in your post have violated my civil rights. Resulting in my job letting me go after 17 years of employment, in a town I grew up in. A lot crazinezz going on

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