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Prosecutor: Vineland Detective’s Actions Spur Dismissals

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Charges have been dropped against nearly 40 defendants in southern New Jersey after officials discovered a police detective misled a judge in an application to secure a search warrant.
  

Cumberland County prosecutors said they moved to drop the charges — which in most cases involved drug offenses — because Vineland Detective Gami Cruz’s testimony would have been needed to carry on with the prosecutions.
  

County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced the 39 case dismissals Tuesday night, saying it was necessary “in the interest of justice.” It came after officials learned Cruz lied about an informant to a state Superior Court judge because he was concerned for the informant’s safety.
  

Vineland police officials have moved to fire Cruz, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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