OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR
MERCER COUNTY COURT HOUSEP.O. BOX 8068 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08650-0068PHONE: (609) 989-6350(609) 989-6305FAX #: (609) 989-0161
JOSEPH L. BOCCHINI, JR.
JANETTA D. MARBREY
First Assistant Prosecutor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Casey A. DeBlasio
February 24, 2012 (609) 989-6379
SIU Investigation Yields Cocaine, Cash and Guns
Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. announced that a two-month investigationconducted by his Special Investigations Unit (SIU), under the command of Lt. Mike Novembre,led to the arrest of one individual, and the seizure of approximately $2,300 in narcotics, $20,500in cash and two loaded handguns.Bocchini stated that Wednesday at approximately 9 a.m., officers observed 46-year-old KurtistPickett in his Jeep Liberty on Spring Street in Trenton and conducted a motor vehicle stop.Pickett was detained and search warrants of his residence, vehicle and person were executed by
SIU, the New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Ewing
Police Department and the Hamilton Police Department.
A search of Pickett’s apartment in the 300 block of Concord Avenue, Ewing, revealed
approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine, packaged for distribution, inside of a false-bottomedcontainer in a kitchen cabinet. Two loaded handguns, a .25 Beretta and a .38 Special Smith &Wesson, were located on the bedroom floor next to the bed. Both weapons were found to bestolen out of Pennsylvania. Officers also seized cash totaling $20,310 from a drawer above thebed. A smaller, additional quantity of cash was found in another bedroom drawer.Cash totaling $157 was found on Pickett along with approximately three and a half grams of crack cocaine packaged for distribution.Pickett was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with theintent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park, possessionwith the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm whilecommitting a narcotics offense, certain persons not to possess weapons, receiving stolen propertyand possession of drug paraphernalia.