ELVIS NUNEZ-JEREZ OF NORTH BERGEN CHARGED WITH COCAINE POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL 
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FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of ELVIS A. NUNEZ-JEREZ (DOB: 8/15/1985) of 4614 Cottage Avenue, Apt.1, North Bergen, New Jersey on a drug charge. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotic Task Force under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, the Cliffside Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard GAITO, and the North Bergen Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert J. DOWD.

On May 23, 2016, members of the Bergen County Narcotic Task Force and Cliffside Park Police Department conducted an investigative stop on a motor vehicle operated by Elvis A. NUNEZ-JEREZ in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. During the investigative stop and subsequent search of the vehicle, law enforcement personnel located and seized approximately one (1) kilogram of suspected cocaine. Mr. NUNEZ-JEREZ was then placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Cliffside Park Police Department for processing.

Later on that date, law enforcement personnel located and seized approximately forty (40) grams of suspected cocaine, narcotic paraphernalia, and ten thousand seven hundred one dollars ($10,701.00) in United States currency from Elvis A. NUNEZ-JEREZ’S residence in North Bergen, New Jersey.

The street value of the suspected cocaine seized from Elvis A. NUNEZ-JEREZ on this date is approximately seventy thousand dollars ($70,000.00).

Elvis A. NUNEZ-JEREZ was charged by Criminal Warrant with one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine, in a Quantity Greater than Five (5) Ounces, a first degree crime. The Honorable Judge Robert J. Cohan, J.M.C., set bail for Mr. NUNEZ-JEREZ at $150,000.00 with no ten percent (10%) cash option.

Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Cliffside Park Police Department and the North Bergen Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: ELVIS A. NUNEZ-JEREZ DOB: 08-15-1985

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 4614 COTTAGE AVENUE, APT. 1, NORTH BERGEN, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: TAXI DRIVER

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: MAY 23, 2016

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: CLIFFSIDE PARK, NEW JERSEY

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE,
NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
CLIFFSIDE PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT
NORTH BERGEN POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY COCAINE, IN A QUANTITY OF FIVE (5) OUNCES OR MORE IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (1), A CRIME OF THE FIRST DEGREE.

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: JUNE 6, 2016

JUDGE: HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $150,000.00 WITH NO TEN PERCENT OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO THE BERGEN COUNTY JAIL.

ELVIS NUNEZ-JEREZ
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KAZEM SHIRINZAD OF NEW YORK CITY CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY 
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FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced that KAZEM SHIRINZAD (DOB: 07/28/1980) of 3333 Broadway, New York, New York, was issued the following summonses by members of the Bergen County SPCA in violation of Title 4: 4:22-20b(Abandon a domestic animal), 4:22-17a(3)(Inflict unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal), 4:22-17a(4)(Failure to provide a living animal with necessary care; food), 4:22-17a(4)(Failure to provide a living animal with necessary care; water), and 4:22-18 (Carrying an animal in an inhumane manner).

The summonses were issued to KAZEM SHIRINZAD in connection with the discovery on May 16, 2016, at approximately 10:30p.m., of a six month-old kitten doused in motor oil and secreted in a box outside a high rise building on Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The kitten was removed by authorities to Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus where she was cleaned and treated before being transferred to an animal shelter.

Follow up investigation by members of the Bergen County SPCA and detectives from the Fort Lee Police Department led to KAZEM SHIRINZAD who worked in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Fort Lee Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: KAZEM SHIRINZAD DOB: 07/28/1980

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3333 BROADWAY, New York, New York

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED

OCCUPATION: Tow Truck Operator

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: June 14, 2016

JUDGE: HONORABLE JUDGE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: N/A

PRESENT STATUS: N/A

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OPERATION "RETURN TO SENDER" 
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FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of forty-six (46) individuals, the execution of forty-six (46) search warrants in three states (New Jersey, New York, and Florida), as well as the seizure of approximately $2,000,000 in U.S. currency. The arrests, search warrants, and seizures are the result of an investigation into a large-scale, multistate criminal enterprise that was engaged in illegal money laundering, gambling, and racketeering. The investigation was conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office - Special Investigations Squad, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO.

The investigation revealed that ROBERT “ELVIS” D’ALESSIO of Totowa, New Jersey was operating an illegal money laundering, gambling, and racketeering enterprise in and around Bergen County. The investigation further revealed that the enterprise employed a hierarchical structure that included over fifty (50) gambling “package holders” or “agents” that oversaw a total of approximately three hundred and twenty (320) bettors. A “package holder” is an individual who oversees individual bettors and collects money from gambling losses and pays out winnings, depending on the outcome of the bettor’s gambling activities. These “package holders” managed twenty-two (22) different gambling accounts.

D’ALESSIO ran the operation with the help of an off-shore “wire room” located in Costa Rica. The investigation revealed that the off-shore “wire room” utilized various “1-800” numbers and a website that “package holders” or “agents,” as well as individual bettors, could call to either check on their “packages” or to place bets. The entire gambling operation is estimated to have processed tens of millions of dollars in wagers per year.

In addition to dozens of “package holders” identified throughout the New York/New Jersey area, the investigation revealed that D’ALESSIO’s former brother-in-law, ESTEBAN “STEVE” CUELI, played a key role in the enterprise. In addition to managing several “packages” relating to the bookmaking operation in and around the South Florida region, CUELI is charged with conspiring with D’ALESSIO to launder the proceeds of the illegal gambling operation.

The investigation also revealed that D’ALESSIO and CUELI also conspired with ENRIQUE LARACH, a businessman in Miami, Florida, to launder proceeds from D’ALESSIO’s illegal gambling operation.

ROBERT BEATTY, of Wayne, New Jersey, ALFONC PILINCI, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and DANTE MONACO of Hackettstown, New Jersey were also identified and charged for their roles as managers within the enterprise.

The investigation is continuing at this time. Acting Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Acting Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the participating law enforcement agencies that assisted in this investigation. Substantial assistance was given by the New Jersey State Police, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Broward County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department, Miami-Dade (Florida) County Police Department, and the New York City Police Department.

Below is a list of all those charged as part of this investigation. At this time D’ALESSIO, BEATTY, MONACO, PILINCI and GREGORY FARACE are lodged in the Bergen County Jail. Those arrested out of state have been lodged pending extradition to New Jersey, and all others were released on their own recognizance.

DEFENDANT CHARGES, EMPLOYMENT STATUS
1) ROBERT D’ALESSIO
Age: 62
Little Falls, NJ Racketeering
Promoting Gambling
Money Laundering
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

2) JEFFREY BADAAN
Age: 33
Wayne, NJ Promoting Gambling (3rd)
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Liquor Store Clerk

3) JAMES MIELE
Age: 52
Bridgewater, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

4) ERIC OROZCO
Age: 39
Paterson, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

5) LOUIS SEMINERIO
Age: 69
Elmwood Park, NJ Promotin
g Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

6) CASEY PASSMORE
Age: 35
Boonton, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

7) ROBERT BEATTY
Age: 40
Wayne, NJ Racketeering
Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant owner

8) JOSEPH LOFORESE
Age: 30
Little Falls, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

9) FATMIR SALAJ
Age: 45
Matawan, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

10) ALFONC PILINCI
Age: 59
Franklin Lakes, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant owner

11) LULZIM “LUIGI” CANA
Age: 39
Dover, NJ Promoting Gambling (3rd)
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant owner

12) GEZIM PILINCI
Age: 30
Franklin Lakes, NJ Obstruction of Justice
Unknown

13) THOMAS D’ALESSIO JR.
Age: 66
Hackettstown, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

14) IMER DRAGA, A/K/A MICHAEL DOLCE
Age: 47
Staten Island, NY Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant owner

15) JOSEPH D’ALESSIO
Age: 55
Wyckoff, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Teacher

16) ANTHONY MAGNANI
Age: 43
Harrison, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Bar owner

17) ESTEBAN “STEVE” CUELI
Age: 56
Doral, Fl. Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
Unemployed

18) COREY ARRAJJ
Age: 31
Wyckoff, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy
Salesman

19) JOSEPH GRELLO
Age: 51
Newton, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy
Self-Employed

20) RON KOCERHA
Age: 47
Secaucus, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy
Restaurant owner

21) GREGORY FARACE
Age: 51
Pequannock, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy
Unemployed

22) RALPH GAMBA
Age: 60
Livingston, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy Retired

23) WILLIAM RZUCIDLO
Age: 23
Parsippany, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy
Unknown

24) MARTIN FLANAGAN
Age: 72
Morristown, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

25) BRIAN RUSSO
Age: 41
Verona, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Self-Employed

26) RONNIE FOX
Age: 57
Woodland Park, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Swim Instructor

27) DULO BOLIJEVIC
Age: 43
Dover, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant owner

28) EDWARD “BUZZ” KELLY
Age: 48
Bronx, NY Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

29) VICTOR ROMANO
Age: 37
Staten Island, NY Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

30) WILLIAM GUIDO
Age: 67
Waretown, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Self-Employed

31) KENNETH PABON
Age: 62
Staten Island, NY Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

32) JOHN SCHWARTZ
Age: 52
Secaucus, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Facilities Director

33) KEVIN O’LEARY
Age: 24
Secaucus, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Student

34) CHARLES STEINBERG
Age: 40
Coral Springs, Fl. Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

35) DANTE MONACO
Age: 53
Hackettstown, NJ
Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Racketeering
Unemployed

36) JOSEPH FARRUGGIA
Age: 28
Mount Arlington, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

37) DANTE MONACO JR.
Age: 20
Hackettstown, NJ Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

38) JAMES MANGANIELLO
Age: 56
Totowa, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown

39) ENRIQUE LARACH
Age: 54
Miami, Fl. Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
Money Laundering
Self-Employed

40) STEPHEN GERISCH
Age: 71
Boonton, NJ
Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

41) SADIK “SAL” KOLIC
Age: 56
Randolph, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Restaurant worker

42) TYLER BERNTSEN
Age: 25
Lebanon, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

43) NEIL ESKOW
Age: 43
Fair Lawn, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unemployed

44) PALMA PAKULNIEWICZ
Age: 70
Secaucus, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Retired

45) JARED PETRUSKA
Age: 30
Wayne, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Construction worker

46) PAUL JON SILJEE
Age: 26
Wayne, NJ Promoting Gambling
Conspiracy to Promote Gambling
Unknown





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