OLIVARES-KUNNARDT AND ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO CHARGED WITH RUNNING HEROIN MILL 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI


Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of MANUEL OLIVARES-KUNNARDT (DOB: 1/23/84) of 414 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, and ESMELBY ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO, of 1 John Street, Haledon, New Jersey on charges of Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, Money Laundering, and Trafficking in Fraudulent Documents. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Narcotic Task Force under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, the Closter Police Department under the direction of Chief Dennis KAINE, the Bergen County Sheriffís Office BCI Unit under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO, the Hackensack Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Michael MORDAGA, the Haledon Police Department under the direction of Chief Louis MERCURO, and the Pennsylvania State Police, under the direction of Colonel Frank Noonan.

Approximately two (2) months ago, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Narcotic Task Force initiated an investigation into the illegal activities of OLIVARES-KUNNARDT and ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO who were suspected of actively engaging in the trafficking of narcotics, specifically large quantities of Heroin. For several weeks, Detective tracked the movements of OLIVARES-KUNNARDT and ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO as they ran their narcotics enterprise. The investigation led Detectives to 735 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey, a modest ranch home in a secluded section of Bergen County, easily accessible to New York City.

Further investigation culminated in the execution of multiple Search Warrants at 414 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, and 735 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey. Upon entering the Hackensack location, Detectives encountered OLIVARES-KUNNARDT and ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO, who were in the process of counting a large amount of US currency and placing it in a concealed compartment within a bedroom dresser. A further search of this location resulted in the seizure of approximately $330,000 in US currency, a money counter, 3 pieces of furniture with hydraulic concealed compartment designed to secrete contraband, and documents such as driverís licenses and birth certificates in the name of ďRobertt PenaĒ that are believed to be fraudulent.

Detectives subsequently executed a search warrant at 735 Closter Dock Rd., Closter, New Jersey. Upon executing the warrant, Detectives discovered a complex, fully functional Heroin production facility or ďmill.Ē The residence was minimally furnished, its windows were completely covered with sheets, cardboard, and dark material. Each of the rooms contained boxes packed with thousands of wax paper folds commonly used to package Heroin. Detectives also recovered numerous ink stamps, rubber bands, tables, lights, scales, grinders, and protective suits. The shelves in the closets of this ďHeroin factoryĒ were systematically labeled with the specific stamp or brand of Heroin stored on that shelf. A small amount of raw Heroin was recovered as well. Detectives believe that the residence produced thousands of bricks (50 bag packages) of Heroin on a continuous basis.

Detectives further believe that OLIVARES-KUNNARDT and ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO intentionally chose the suburban environment of Closter, New Jersey so their Heroin mill would be free from the dangers associated with urban drug dealing. Detectives do not believe the pair were selling the Heroin from the residence, instead it was used covertly to re-package the raw Heroin for sale on the street.

The investigation of this large scale drug network is on-going and additional arrests are anticipated.

MANUEL OLIVARES-KUNNARDT was charged with Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, a first degree crime, Money Laundering, a second degree crime, and Documents Fraud, a second degree crime. ESMELBY ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO was charged with Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, a first degree crime and Money Laundering, a second degree crime. Bail for OLIVARES-KUNNARDT was set by the Honorable Jae Kim, J.M.C., at $350,000.00 with no ten percent option. Bail for ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO was set by the Honorable Jae Kim, J.M.C., at $300,000.00 with no ten percent option. Both individual were remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli 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 Closter Police Department, the Hackensack Police Department, the Haledon Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriffís Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance in this investigation


BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: MANUEL OLIVARES-KUNNARDT DOB: 01-23-1984
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 414 Hackensack Avenue, Apartment 1201, Hackensack, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: Single
OCCUPATION: Unemployed

ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 10/30/2014
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: Hackensack, NJ
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: Bergen County Prosecutorís Office
Narcotics Task Force

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
One (1) Count of Maintaining a Drug Facility NJSA 2C:35-4
One (1) Count of Money Laundering NJSA 2C:21-25
One (1) Count of Use of Personal Identifying Information of Another NJSA 2C:21-17.2

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: November 2, 2014
JUDGE: Honorable Jae Kim, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $350,000.00 no 10% cash option
PRESENT STATUS: Remanded to Bergen County Jail


Manuel Olivares-Kunnardt


BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: ESMELBY ESTEVEZ-CASTILLO DOB: 01-04-1985
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1 John Street, Apartment 10, Haledon, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: Single
OCCUPATION: Unemployed

ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 10/30/2014
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: Hackensack, NJ

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: Bergen County Prosecutorís Office
Narcotics Task Force
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
One (1) Count of Maintaining a Drug Facility NJSA 2C:35-4
One (1) Count of Money Laundering NJSA 2C:21-25

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: November 2, 2014
JUDGE: Honorable Jae Kim, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $300,000.00 no 10% cash option
PRESENT STATUS: Remanded to Bergen County Jail


Esmelby Estevez-Castillo

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COREY BARRACLOUGH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of COREY BARRACLOUGH, date of birth 10/05/1990, of 418 East Avenue, Northvale, New Jersey, on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor (specifically, Possession of Child Pornography). BARRACLOUGH was arrested on Thursday, October 30, 2014 without incident.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Computer Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO. It stemmed from an Internet investigation in which BARRACLOUGH was suspected of using the Internet to interact with children and acquire images and/or video files depicting child pornography. After a subsequent search of electronic devices belonging to BARRACLOUGH, numerous images of child pornography were discovered. In this case, the child pornography contained images of pre-pubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

Corey BARRACLOUGH was charged with one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for being in possession of child pornography. BARRACLOUGH was released on his own recognizance pending his arraignment.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Additionally Prosecutor Molinelli would like to thank the Northvale Police Department who provided additional support during this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: COREY W. BARRACLOUGH DOB: 10/05/1990

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 418 EAST AVENUE, NORTHVALE, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/30/14

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: NORTHVALE

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE
NORTHVALE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B (5)B
4TH DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/06/14 @1:30PM

JUDGE: N/A

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: ROR

PRESENT STATUS: RELEASED

COREY BARRACLOUGH
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FARDEEN ALAM, RICHARD FIGUEROA, AND GABRIEL PANNELLA CHARGED WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrests of FARDEEN ALAM (DOB: 2/10/1992) of 1 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford, New Jersey, RICHARD FIGUEROA (DOB: 10/30/1992) of 145B Hastings Ave, Rutherford, New Jersey and GABRIEL PANNELLA (DOB: 7/18/1992) of 74 Hayward Place, Apartment 4, Wallington, New Jersey. Mr. ALAM, Mr. FIGUEROA, and Mr. PANNELLA were each charged with possession with the intent to distribute Marijuana. These arrests are 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 Rutherford Police Department under the direction of Chief John R. RUSSO, the Wallington Police Department under the direction of Chief Carmello IMBRUGLIA and the East Rutherford Police Department under the direction of Chief Laurence MINDA.

On October 29, 2014, Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Narcotic Task Force detectives along with police personnel from the Rutherford, Wallington and East Rutherford Police Departments executed search warrants for the residences of Mr. FIGUEROA, Mr. ALAM, and Mr. PANNELLA. As a result of searching these locations, over one (1) pound of Marijuana and miscellaneous prescription pills were seized, as well as drug paraphernalia and approximately $8,200.00 in United States Currency.

Mr. ALAM, Mr. FIGUEROA, and Mr. PANNELLA were each charged with one (1) count of possession with the intent to distribute Marijuana, a third degree crime. Mr. FIGUEROA was also charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance, a Third Degree crime, and possession of drug paraphernalia and a disorderly personís offense. Bail for Mr. FIGUEROA, Mr. ALAM, and Mr. PANNELLA were set by the Honorable Louis J. Dinice, J.M.C. at $25,000 with no 10% cash option. Mr. FIGUEROA, Mr. ALAM, and Mr. PANNELLA were remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli 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 Rutherford, Wallington and East Rutherford Police Departments for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: FARDEEN ALAM DOB: 2/10/1992

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1 HOBOKEN ROAD, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ 07073

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/29/2014

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: RUTHERFORD, NJ

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
WALLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MARIJUANA, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B (11) Ė 3RD DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/3/2014

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

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $25,000.00 NO 10% CASH OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

FARDEEN ALAM

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: RICHARD FIGUEROA DOB: 10/30/1992

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 145 B HASTINGS AVE, RUTHERFORD, NJ 07073

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/29/2014

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: RUTHERFORD, NJ

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
WALLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MARIJUANA, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B (11) Ė 3RD DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE III CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A (1) Ė 3RD DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, A DISORDERLY PERSONS OFFENSE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/3/2014

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

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $25,000.00 NO 10% CASH OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

RICHARD FIGUEROA

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: GABRIEL PANNELLA DOB: 7/18/1992

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 74 HAYWARD PLACE, APARTMENT 4, WALLINGTON, NJ 07057

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/29/2014

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: WALLINGTON, NJ

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
WALLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST RUTHERFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MARIJUANA, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B (11) Ė 3RD DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/3/2014

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

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $25,000.00 NO 10% CASH OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

GABRIEL PANNELLA
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ROBERT HUTCHERSON CHARGED WITH OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of ROBERT HUTCHERSON (DOB: 9/05/90) of 441 Chestnut Street, Ridgefield, New Jersey and has been charged with distribution of Oxycodone pills. The arrest is the result of a two (2) month long investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotic Task Force under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Ridgefield Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas J. GALLAGHER.

In September 2014, Detectives received information that Hutcherson was selling illicit pharmaceutical medication in Bergen County, NJ. As a result of this information, an undercover detective was able to interface with HUTCHERSON, and on multiple occasions during the months of September and October, 2014, HUTCHERSON distributed a total of twenty-two (22) Oxycodone pills to the undercover detective in Ridgefield, New Jersey in exchange for six hundred dollars ($600.00).

On Monday, October 27, 2014 Robert HUTCHERSON was placed under arrest at his residence by members of the Bergen County Narcotic Task Force and Ridgefield Police Department without incident.

Robert HUTCHERSON was processed and subsequently transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail which was set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) with no 10% cash option.

Prosecutor Molinelli 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 Ridgefield Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: ROBERT HUTCHERSON DOB: 9/05/1990

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 441 CHESTNUT STREET, RIDGEFIELD, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/27/14

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: RIDGEFIELD, NEW JERSEY

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, NARCOTICS TASK FORCE
RIDGEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A(1)/5B(5) - DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY OXYCODONE, (A THIRD DEGREE CRIME)

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 10/28/14

JUDGE: HONORABLE DAVID LAFFERTY, J.M.C., RIDGEFIELD MUNICIPAL COURT

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $10,000.00 NO 10% CASH OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: BERGEN COUNTY JAIL

ROBERT HUTCHERSON
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MIRNA BALAN-CUSANERO CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND HINDERING APPREHENSION 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrests of MIRNA BALAN-CUSANERO (DOB: 7/8/90) of 40 East Columbia Avenue, Apt. 7D, Palisades Park, New Jersey and MARCO BALAN-CUSANERO (DOB: 5/23/92) of 40 East Columbia Avenue, Apt. 7D, Palisades Park, New Jersey. Ms. BALAN-CUSANERO was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Hindering Apprehension. Mr. BALAN-CUSANERO was charged with Hindering Apprehension. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Palisades Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Benjamin RAMOS.

On October 27, 2014, members of the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office, Special Victims Unit, and the Palisades Park Police Department arrested Mirna BALAN-CUSANERO and Marco BALAN-CUSANERO after learning that a two (2) month old child had been brought into the Emergency Room of Hackensack University Medical Center on October 25, 2014 with head injuries. A 911 call was received by the Palisades Park Police Department, after which the child was brought by ambulance to the hospital and ultimately found to have a bilateral subdural hemorrhage. In addition to those injuries, the child was also found to have a healing fracture on the skull. The Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Special Victims Unit and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency were both notified. The ensuing investigation included interviews with the attending physicians as well as those individuals responsible for the welfare of the child and resulted in the arrests of Ms. BALAN-CUSANERO and Mr. BALAN-CUSANERO. Mr. BALAN-CUSANERO, brother of Mirna, was arrested after the investigation showed he lied to investigators in an effort to hinder the apprehension of his sister.

Mirna BALAN-CUSANERO was charged with one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one (1) count of Hindering Apprehension. Bail for Ms. BALAN-CUSANERO was set by the Honorable Gary N. Wilcox, J.S.C. at $75,000.00 with no ten percent option and no contact with the victim as a condition of bail. Marco BALAN-CUSANERO was charged with one (1) count of Hindering Apprehension. Bail for Mr. BALAN-CUSANERO was set by the Honorable Joseph Rotolo, J.M.C. at $10,000.00 with no ten percent option. Mirna BALAN-CUSANERO and Marco BALAN-CUSANERO were both remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Palisades Park Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: MIRNA BALAN-CUSANERO DOB: 7/8/90

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 40 EAST COLUMBIA AVENUE, APT. 7D, PALISADES PARK, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: MANICURIST

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/27/14

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
PALISADES PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-2ND DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF HINDERING APPREHENSION IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3B (4)-3RD DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/6/14

JUDGE: HONORABLE JOSEPH ROTOLO, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $75,000.00, NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

MIRNA BALAN-CUSANERO

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: MARCO BALAN-CUSANERO DOB: 5/23/92

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 40 EAST COLUMBIA AVENUE, APT. 7D, PALISADES PARK, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: CAR WASH LABORER

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/27/14

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
PALISADES PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF HINDERING APPREHENSION IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3A (5)-3RD DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 11/6/14

JUDGE: HONORABLE JOSEPH ROTOLO, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $10,000.00, NO 10%

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

MARCO BALAN-CUSANERO
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EDWARD MEIER CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of EDWARD C. MEIER (DOB: 2/15/54) of 1015 Haddon Place, Teaneck, New Jersey on charges of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Acting Chief Robert CARNEY.

On October 26, 2014, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit and the Teaneck Police Department arrested Edward C. MEIER after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with a five (5) year old female acquaintance. A relative of the victim recently observed what they felt was inappropriate behavior between the victim and Mr. MEIER and notified the childís mother. She contacted the Teaneck Police Department who notified the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Special Victims Unit and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Arrangements were made for the victim to be interviewed by a detective from that Unit at the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office in Paramus, New Jersey. During the interview, the victim provided specific details regarding the sexual activity that occurred between her and Mr. MEIER. The relative who observed the inappropriate behavior also provided a statement to detectives at that time. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of Mr. MEIER.

Edward C. MEIER was charged with one (1) count of Sexual Assault and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. MEIER was set by the Honorable Susan J. Steele, J.S.C. at $250,000.00 with no ten percent option and no contact with the victim as a condition of bail. Mr. MEIER is also prohibited from possessing any firearms. Mr. MEIER was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli 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 Teaneck Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: EDWARD C. MEIER DOB: 2/15/54

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 1015 HADDON PLACE, TEANECK, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED

OCCUPATION: GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 10/26/14

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: 1015 HADDON PLACE, TEANECK, NJ

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
TEANECK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2B-2ND DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-2ND DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 10/27/14

JUDGE: JUDGE JAMES E. YOUNG, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $250,000.00, NO 10% OPTION, NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM, PROHIBITED FROM POSSESSING FIREARMS

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO THE BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

EDWARD MEIER
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YOUTH SYMPOSIUM WILL OFFER PRACTICAL CAREER ADVICE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

High school students will have the opportunity to explore career options in high demand jobs at a full-day Youth Symposium hosted by the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board and the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office on Wednesday, October 29th at Ramapo College.

This free program is designed to help students have an increased understanding of the importance of staying in school and setting reachable career, personal, and educational goals. Trained professionals from the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation will provide hands-on workshops. The program will also feature motivational speaker George Martin plus an Internet safety presentation from the Prosecutorís Office Computer Crimes Unit.

ďThis is a valuable opportunity to motivate, encourage and empower our young people to stay in school while planning realistic career goals,Ē said Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director of the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board.

This program will be attended by students from the following high schools: Elmwood Park, Dwight Morrow, Hackensack, Leonia, New Milford, Paramus, Pascack Valley, Saddle Brook, and Teaneck. Funding for this program is being provided by a grant from the NJ Department of Education and the State Employment and Training Commission.

Press coverage is welcome. The symposium will run from 9:00am to 1:30pm, based at Ramapo Collegeís Student Center in the Friends Hall auditorium.

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