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RICHARD GIACOBONE AND SARANG CHO OF FORT LEE, NJ ARRESTED ON DRUG -RELATED CHARGES

TO:                 ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM:           PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE:            NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of RICHARD J. GIACOBONE (DOB: 7/08/1978; single; and employed as a Police Officer in Palisades Park, NJ) of 496 Summit Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ on charges of possession of Anabolic Steroids, Cocaine, Marijuana, and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines and SARANG CHO (DOB: 8/16/1989; single; and employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse) of 496 Summit Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ on charges of possessing THC edibles. 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 Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Keith M. Bendul, and the Palisades Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Jackson.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information from the Palisades Park Police Department that one of their police officers, Richard J. GIACOBONE, may be under the influence of illegal narcotics.  As a result of the information received, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit, Narcotic Task Force and the Fort Lee Police Department initiated an investigation which led to a search warrant of GIACOBONE’s residence.

As a result of the investigation, Richard J. GIACOBONE was arrested on November 9, 2017 in Fort Lee, NJ and charged with one count of Possession of Anabolic Steroids, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(1), a third degree crime; one count of Possession of Cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(1), a third degree crime; one count of Possession of Marijuana, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(4), a Disorderly Persons Offense; and one count of Possession of Large Capacity Magazines, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3J a fourth degree crime.  GIACOBONE is scheduled for a first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.  Sarang CHO was arrested on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Possession of THC edibles, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(4), a Disorderly Persons Offense.  CHO is scheduled for a first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

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

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RICHARD GIACOBONE

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SARANG CHO

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