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Safe Streets Operation in Burlington City Results in the Arrest of 16 Suspects

July 7, 2017

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and City of Burlington Police Chief Alan Snow announced that a fugitive from North Carolina and three people in possession of drugs were arrested along with a dozen others last Friday night as part of a targeted, pro-active, multi-agency patrol in Burlington City’s New Yorkshire neighborhood.

The operation was conducted as part of the Enough is Enough Safe Streets Initiative and concentrated on apprehending individuals with outstanding arrest warrants in addition to strict enforcement of city ordinances and motor vehicle laws in an effort to deter violent crime in the area.

The residents of New Yorkshire were very appreciative of the operation and supportive of the officers assigned to the special operation. One resident even offered to cook the visiting officers who participated in the operation a meal the next time they are in the area.

"The City of Burlington Police Department will continue to work alongside our law enforcement and community partners to allow our residents to enjoy a peaceful environment,” Burlington City Police Chief Alan Snow. “We will not rest and must remain committed to continuing our pro-active initiatives to deter violent crime in Burlington City."

Police officials credited the operation with helping to contribute to a peaceful Independence Day weekend in the city.

The City of Burlington Police Department was the first to submit a proposal to utilize the additional officers that are offered by the Enough is Enough Safe Streets Initiative, which was announced in May by Prosecutor Coffina. Proposals from other police departments have been submitted and are presently being reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The initiative uses money from the seized proceeds of criminal activity to support operations proposed by municipal police departments to address specific problems with violent crime in their towns. It is structured to allow a department seeking to conduct an operation to request additional officers from participating departments across the county to support that operation.

 
 

“We are pleased that Burlington City police have taken advantage of this opportunity to increase their presence and secure a safe environment for the residents under their watch,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “The arrests in Burlington City demonstrate the effectiveness of this initiative in addressing specific problems that contribute to violent crimes and other behavior that poses a threat to the residents of our communities. This was the first of what we anticipate will be many successful operations that will improve the quality of life for the law-abiding citizens of Burlington County.”

As a result of the operation, Terrence Brown, 44, of Burlington City, was taken into custody on a violation of parole warrant out of North Carolina.

Three people who were arrested on outstanding warrants had drugs on their person and were charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, including: Tyree Fryar, 20, Burlington City; Maurice Harris, 43, Burlington City; and Henry Mobley, 41, Edgewater Park.

Four of the arrests were for warrants issued by the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department for failure to pay child support, including: Jarvis Cephas, 34, Burlington City; Darnell Hawkins, 43, Burlington City; Marcus Hubbard, 44, Edgewater Park; and Isreal Molina, 37, Burlington City.

The following defendants were arrested on outstanding warrants from municipal court: Lazelle Betts, 37, Willingboro; DaJaquan Cole, 20, Burlington City; Treyvon Howard, 19, Union; Tykwon Royal, 22, Burlington City; Leonard Starling, 37, Burlington City; Jamal Taylor, 46, Burlington City; Andre Washington, 35, Burlington City; and Korey Williams, 34, Burlington City.

Some defendants were released after posting bail and others were taken to the Burlington County Jail. In addition to officers from the Burlington City Police Department, the operation involved law enforcement personnel from the Prosecutor’s Office, the Evesham Township Police Department and the Westampton Police Department.

“We are grateful for the participation of the Evesham Township and Westampton police departments in this operation in Burlington City,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “This type of cooperation among municipalities underscores the commitment of law enforcement throughout the county to fight violent crime.”

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