Essex County Arrests 13 in County Jailhouse “Concierge Service”

UPDATE: The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has officially released the names of those charged in what is now being called Operation Jail Breach. The list of accused includes 5 Bloomfield residents: Essex County corrections officer William Rupp, 30, Chang Park, 25, Anthony Rotonda, 39, Joseph Lehman, 25, and Robert Koval Jr., 31, all whom were charged with conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws.
Thirteen people are accused of running a jailhouse “concierge service,” smuggling in drugs, cell phones and other contraband to prisoners. The first arrest was Essex County corrections officer Joseph Mastriani, 30, of Nutley, who was arrested when he arrived to the jail to work this morning and is considered to be the ringleader of the service. Full story from the Star Ledger.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This may be where the potted plant theif has been selling his wares. Demand for gardening equipment in jails is tremendous.

  2. Now I know where my mums went!
    Actually, we witnessed one of these arrests while driving to work down Broad St., Bloomfield about 7:10 am. We saw many police cars clustered around a house and wondered what was happening. As we drove closer we saw police leading a man in handcuffs down the front walk. An older couple was standing in the doorway watching. There was also what obviously was a professional photographer at the scene, so I went to nj.com later to check it out and sure enough, there were the photos.

  3. Now I know where my mums went!
    Actually, we witnessed one of these arrests while driving to work down Broad St., Bloomfield about 7:10 am. We saw many police cars clustered around a house and wondered what was happening. As we drove closer we saw police leading a man in handcuffs down the front walk. An older couple was standing in the doorway watching. There was also what obviously was a professional photographer at the scene, so I went to nj.com later to check it out and sure enough, there were the photos.

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