Contact Us
Essex Daily Voice serves Belleville, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Newark, Nutley, Verona & West Orange
Return to your home site

Menu

Essex Daily Voice serves Belleville, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Newark, Nutley, Verona & West Orange

Nearby Towns

  • Lyndhurst
    serves Lyndhurst, North Arlington & Wallington
  • Rutherford
    serves Carlstadt, East Rutherford & Rutherford
  • South Passaic
    serves Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne & Woodland Park
  • Hudson
    serves Bayonne, Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City & West New York
DV Pilot Police & Fire

Kearny Man Accused Of Running Major Drug Lab In East Orange

Jovanni Perez
Jovanni Perez Photo Credit: Essex County Department of Corrections

A Kearny man was arrested early Thursday morning as police raided the fortified drug-manufacturing facility he maintained in East Orange, where drugs worth about $150,000 were found, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. 

Jovanni Perez, 39, who has been arrested multiple times for alleged drug offenses, now faces charges of possession, running a drug production facility, possession of paraphernalia and related charges. 

The alleged drug operation -- which was raided shortly before 4 a.m. by a task force that included police from Bloomfield, Irvington and Newark -- was located at 11 Ampere Parkway and was disguised as a business. 

In reality, it was a fully equipped narcotics processing and packaging facility, according to authorities. 

“The Ampere Parkway location contained a large metal safe which contained 1,628 grams of powder cocaine, 129 grams of heroin, 3,680 grams of marijuana, 77 Ecstasy tablets, $5,410 in cash and a wide variety of drug packaging and processing materials and equipment,” Sheriff Fontoura said. “This drug manufacturing facility which was disguised with a bogus storefront was both fortified and equipped with surveillance cameras and other electronic gear.”

Perez was being held at the Essex County jail pending a bail hearing. 

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Essex Daily Voice!

Serves Belleville, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Newark, Nutley, Verona & West Orange

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.