Drug Bust Recovers Over Half a Pound of Marijuana from Woman Believed to Be Selling Marijuana to Bloomfield High School Students

On Thursday morning, members of the Bloomfield Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, Emergency Response Team and Fugitive Apprehension Team executed a court ordered search warrant at a Birch Street residence in Bloomfield, where they found over half of pound of marijuana, various illegal marijuana vape pens, and other paraphernalia. The resident, 52-year-old Debra Esposito had been suspected of selling marijuana to Bloomfield High School students, and was arrested during the property search without incident.

The warrant was the result of the Narcotics Enforcement Team’s six-month investigation into Esposito. An Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 Officer with K-9 Yankee assisted with the search of the residence and the residents’ vehicle. The vehicle was found to contain 207 grams of marijuana in a total of seven plastic sandwich bags and 50 grams of marijuana in a plastic container. Thirteen illegal THC cartridges labeled “Space Vape” were also found in addition to legal marijuana paraphernalia items, including a white colored digital scale, a black grinder, and a silver colored cigarette holder containing five packages of rolling papers. $920 in cash was also seized.

“The investigation into Ms. Esposito began months ago, when we received complaints from residents who had witnessed a woman who fit her description selling marijuana to Bloomfield High School students. I would like to thank the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the K-9 Unit in particular for their assistance and collaboration,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “When residents report seeing crimes of suspicious activity, it helps our Police officers to do their job and keep our community, and especially our youth population, safe.”

Ms. Esposito has been charged with: Distribution of CDS 2C:35-5b(11); Possession of Marijuana Over 50 Grams 2C:35-10a(3) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 2C:36-2.

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