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Second Largest Meth Seizure Ever in NJ - Former VQ Employee


This is an article from the website.  It includes additional information about Tony Zasa's activities.  So Who's Busy Actually Helping the At-Risk Youth while the Drug Related Activity Goes on in Elfrida????

Drug Enforcement Administration

News Release [print friendly page]
March 6, 2007
For further Information Contact:
Special Agent Douglas S. Collier,
Public Information Officer
TEL: (973) 776-1143
CEL: (862) 849-9833

DEA Arrests Lead To Largest Ever Meth Seizure In NJ

MAR 6 -- (NEWARK) Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division announced that the DEA had arrested 4 defendants and seized 75 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 466 pounds of cocaine. This is the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the state.

During this investigation, information revealed that Anthony ZASA was part of a Mexican drug trafficking organization that was supplying the Northeastern part of the United States with crystal methamphetamine and cocaine. ZASA and his organization were to deliver substantial quantities of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine to the Newark, New Jersey area.

On 02-28-2007, during a routine traffic stop in Texas, law enforcement officials discovered more than 212 kilograms (466 pounds) of cocaine contained in a Winnebago bound for New Jersey. Through diligent investigative efforts, DEA agents identified that this Mexican poly-drug organization was also going to deliver 75 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. McAleer stated, ?All the defendants were significant players in one tentacle of a Mexican drug organization. This tentacle has been dismantled and the Mexican drug trafficking organization has been disrupted by this seizure.?

Arrested on 02-28-2007, were the following defendants:

    1. Anthony ZASA, 52 YOA, Elfrida, AZ
    2. Rocco ZASA, 56 YOA, Tucson, AZ
    3. Kacey ROOT, 25 YOA, Tucson, AZ

Arrested on 03-03-2007

    4. Adriana FERNS, 28 YOA, Coventry, RI

Two other defendants have been charged and remain at large.

SAC McAleer credited the cooperation of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other law enforcement agencies from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Jersey that assisted in this investigation.

The investigation is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney?s Office for the District of New Jersey under the leadership of U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie. Sharon Ash is the Assistant United States Attorney who will represent the Government.

Notwithstanding the criminal complaint, every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

The complaint charges the defendants with possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy. If convicted each defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a statutory minimum of 20 years in federal prison and a $4. million dollar fine.


I guess this answers your question about who's watching the kids. :exclaim:

VisionQuest management in Arizona seems blithely unaware or unconcerned about quite a lot that goes on in and around the vicinity of their Elfrida facility. I’d like a member of the media to pose these questions to Mark Contento, executive vice president of the Tucson-based VisionQuest National Ltd.:

“One of your teachers at the Elfrida compound, Edward Acuna of Tucson, Arizona, has a lengthy record of criminal arrests, including charges filed for assault/resisting arrest, criminal damage, threats/intimidation and endangerment. These arrests are a matter of public record easily discovered by searching and ... rch.asp?id. In one case, the charges were expunged as part of a deal after a lengthy probation, during which time Mr. Acuna was ordered to undergo mental health counseling and to abstain from alcohol. Mr. Acuna had a later Extreme DUI conviction, and yet continues to drink.

Was a thorough background investigation ever conducted on this individual before he was hired to work on a daily basis around at-risk youth? If not – is it or isn’t it your policy to investigate employees? If so – do you honestly feel it appropriate to have someone with such a questionable and unstable background mentoring troubled teenagers?”


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