TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of JAMEL GRIFFIN (DOB: 07/01/1991; single; and unemployed) of 191 Hilltop Drive, Brentwood, New York on charges of Human Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution of a Juvenile and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the South Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph TERRACCINO, and the New York and New Jersey Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As previously reported, on October 12, 2016, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office executed arrest warrants on several individuals, concluding a cooperative Human Trafficking Investigation with the South Hackensack Police Department. At that time, authorities were unable to locate Jamel GRIFFIN, and he remained a fugitive. As a result, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a UFAP (Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution) warrant.
As a result of the investigation, GRIFFIN was arrested on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Brentwood, New York on outstanding warrants from New Jersey, charging him with three counts of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2a, a 1st degree crime; three counts of Promoting Prostitution of a Juvenile, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1b(3), a 1st degree crime; and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a, a 3rd degree crime. GRIFFIN was lodged in the Suffolk County Jail, to await extradition to Bergen County, New Jersey.
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 South Hackensack Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in this investigation.