Trenton Police Department Receives Assest-Sharing Check
On April 8th, 2004 at 11:00 AM, The United States Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will present an Asset Forfeiture Check in the amount of $162,000.00 to Director Joseph Santiago, Trenton Police Department. This check represents the Trenton Police Department’s share of the monies seized and forfeited from Kevon “Fabian” Jackson’s Crack Cocaine Organization during a joint DEA and Trenton Police drug investigation named “Operation Untouchable”. DEA agents and Trenton Police Officers seized a total of $271,000 in cash and $140,000 in luxury vehicles under “Operation Untouchable”, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation led by the DEA, Trenton Police Vice Unit and the United States Attorney’s Office in Trenton. Investigators of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, ATF, Ewing and Hamilton Police Departments assisted this investigation.
The Agents and Investigators named the Operation “Untouchable” because police learned that Jackson would often boast to others that he was a longtime, successful drug dealer that would never be arrested. On April 26, 2001, Jackson and two of his Lieutenants Steven Paulhill and Edward Thurman were arrested following a six-month investigation and all were convicted of drug charges in Federal Court. Kevon Jackson received 14 years and Paulhill and Thurman received 6 years and 7 years in prison, respectively. At the time of arrest agents also seized five (5) high-powered semi-automatic pistols including a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun and approximately 778 grams of crack-cocaine.
The Asset Forfeiture Program shares forfeited assets with participating law enforcement agencies and these monies may be used for suitable law enforcement purposes such as funding additional drug investigations, investigative equipment, drug demand reduction programs etc. Special Agent in Charge Michael Pasterchick Jr. stated “The use of drug dealers illegally obtained profits to fund Trenton law enforcement is poetic justice”. SAC Pasterchick Jr. credited the successful investigation with the close law enforcement cooperation in Trenton between Federal, County and City investigators.