SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office of Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force ended a five-month investigation on April 4 with the arrest of 27 individuals on drug, weapon, and warrant offenses.
The investigation was led by detectives from multiple counties and targeted heroin distribution around the areas of Franklin Township and New Brunswick.
According to a press release provided by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, detectives discovered William King, 29, was distributing drugs from the homes of Latoya Jackson, and Jessica Belton - both women allegedly assisted in the distributions. Additionally, Karream Sanders, 40, and Shaklee Saunders, 32, all conspired to distribute heroin to individuals throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, and Burlington Counties.
King and Jackson were driving with Jackon's two minor children in the vehicle at the time of apprehension.
A search warrant granted for the homes and vehicles of all five suspects resulted in the discovery and seizure of a Smith and Wesson 45 caliber, a defaced semi-automatic handgun, and a 40 caliber STI semi-automatic handgun which was reportedly stolen.
Detectives also discovered marijuana, drug packaging materials, and heroin with a value of approximately $3,000.
According to the statement, Jessica Belton, Dennis Jenkins, Damon Pappas, Mario Dacosta, Nicolo Rossi, Angelique Powell, Luke Tillman, Martin Dixon Jr., Justin Horbelt, Rashon Steel and Lauren DiBattista were each charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS.
Phillip Ray Crone, Hamza Namoya, Laura Klobusicky, Naim Griffin, Matheus Pontes, Paul Fortenberry, Barry Thompson, Bryan Arline, Shon Callahan Jr., Diane Elefante and Todd Richardson were each charged with attempt to possess CDS or conspiracy to possess CDS for buying heroin from King, Sanders, or Saunders, the statement said.
Eric Eskesem was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Somerset County, the statement said.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office was assisted by detectives from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, Franklin Township Police Department, City of New Brunswick Police Department, City of Linden Police Department, South Brunswick Township Police Department, Piscataway Township Police Department, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and Bureau of Criminal Identification.