Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman announce the arrest of two individuals for drug-related charges in connection with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Rockaway Borough.

Natalia E. Zyga, age 30, with a last known address in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, and Ryan J. Nilsen, age 29, with a last known address in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, have each been charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, a crime of the third degree, possession of heroin, a crime of the third degree, and conspiracy to distribute heroin, a crime of the third degree.

On December 3, 2018, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, and the Rockaway Borough Police Department were conducting an ongoing investigation into the distribution of controlled substances occurring in Rockaway Borough. During the course of this investigation, Zyga and Nilsen were arrested in possession of a quantity of suspected heroin with intent to distribute it within Rockaway Borough.

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Both defendants were taken into custody pursuant to this ongoing investigation and were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on complaint warrants.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in this investigation, including the Rockaway Borough Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Special Enforcement Units.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have each been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or pdigennaro@co.morris.nj.us.