Department of Police
75 South Van Brunt Street · Englewood , New Jersey 07631
Office of the Chief
David E. Bowman Telephone (201) 871-6400
Chief of Police Fax (201) 567-3504
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
DATE: June 20, 2008
CONTACT: DETECTIVE CAPTAIN STEVEN SABO 201-871-6429 (OFFICE)
Englewood Police Detective Captain Steven Sabo announced the arrest of Patrick J. Taafe Jr., age 30, of 206 First Street , 2 nd Floor, Apt. # 2 , Englewood , NJ. Mr. Taafe was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute, Operating and Maintaining a Premise to Manufacture CDS, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm without a Permit, Possession of a Defaced Firearm and certain persons not to possess Firearms. Bail was set at $300,000.00, no 10%.
The arrest came as a result of a joint investigation by Detectives of the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief David Bowman and Detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force under the direction of Chief Joseph Macellaro.
The investigation began in October 2007 when Englewood detectives responded to complaints from area residents concerning narcotics trafficking on First Street . Subsequently, a joint investigation began with investigators from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force and dozens of surveillances were conducted in the area. As a result, a search warrant was obtained for Mr. Taafe's residence.
On Friday, June 20, 2008 at approximately 10:30 am, members of the Englewood Police Department Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) and Investigator's from the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on Mr. Taafe's apartment and placed him under arrest. Detectives recovered a defaced .22 caliber handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition and approximately 81 grams of Crack Cocaine. Also recovered were screens, sifters, bowls, baking soda and a digital scale, all consistent with maintaining a drug facility.
Chief Bowman would like to thank the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office for their invaluable assistance, cooperation and resources provided during the course of this investigation.
Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes For Mayor, Assemblyman Arnold Brown, Treasurer
250 Allison Court, Englewood, NJ 07631