Two residents and a crossing guard at the Vincent K. Tibbs Senior Citizens Building in Englewood, NJ have been arrested on drug and prostitution charges after complaints from residents in the building about vagrants and drug addicts roaming the home turned into a full investigation by local police.
James Parham, 75, and Cheryl Chaney, 66, are now facing chargest for possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a “drug nuisance.” A third suspect, Selma McDuffie, 54, a crossing guard at the facility has been charged for possessing a crack pipe and has since been removed from her position. Authorities have threatened McDuffie with arrest if she is ever seen on the premises again.
Parham has allegedly confessed to providing prostitutes for some of the residents at the Vincent K. Tibbs Center. Parham could face additional charges for prostitution, according to Englewood Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe.
The arrests came after an undercover sting in response to reports from residents about fears related to non-residents roaming the building, often inebriated by drugs or alcohol.