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Charges Still Pending on Potential Small Scale Methamphetamine Producing Operation on Bell Avenue, According to Raritan Borough Police


RARITAN, NJ - Charges are still pending in what appeared to be a small scale mobile methamphetamine producing operation out of a Bell Avenue property, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Joelito Aya, 45, of Raritan, was arrested Nov. 30 on an active drug warrant out of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office after police sawhim entering a makeshift bedroom above a garage on Bell Avenue.

According to the report, Aya, was also charged with defiant trespass for sleeping in the garage.

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Officers, the report said, saw what appeared to be components of the operation, and more charges may come soon.

Assisting at the scene were members of the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Team, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and the Raritan Fire Department. Officer Andrew Ragati investigated the incident.

Police made other arrests for drugs and more over the last week of November.

  • Leandre Jones, 30, of Somerville, was arrested Nov. 23 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest following a motor vehicle stop on West End Avenue. As he was being searched, the report said, he pulled from Sgt. Thomas Fisher's control and tried to flee on foot. Officer Evan Vacchiano and a Somerville Police Officer assisted with the arrest.
  • A 43-year-old Raritan man was arrested Nov. 23 for simple assault following a domestic violence incident on West Somerset Street. The man was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. Officer Christopher Hirsch investigated the incident.
  • Rizwan Khawaja, 27, of Rahway, was arrested Nov. 24 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police saw suspicious activity in the parking lot of Domino's Pizza, on Route 206. Officer Benjamin Griffin investigated the incident.
  • Alex Bartley, 25, of Glen Gardner, was arrested Nov. 25 for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Route 206. Griffin investigated the incident.
  • Lawrence Zorza, who is homeless, was issued a citation Nov. 25 for disorderly conduct after police saw him urinating in a flower pot in front of Agway, on Thompson Street. Sgt. Everett Holt investigated the incident.
  • Felixrey Rubia, 52, of Raritan, was arrested Nov. 28 and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) after police saw him engaging in suspicious activity on First Avenue. While speaking with police in the Quick Chek parking lot, the report said, Rubia tried to discard a piece of tinfoil that contained methamphetamine. Fisher investigated the incident.
  • Michael Parr, 19, of Bridgewater, and David Mahistadt, 21, of Branchburg, were arrested Nov. 30 and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Fifth Street. Officer Christopher Gross investigated the incident.
  • Dylan Eugene, 33, of Connecticut, was arrested Nov. 30 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202. Officer Robert Sinopoli investigated the incident.
  • Jennifer Deming, 37, of Bridgewater, was arrested Dec. 1 for theft after she allegedly stole $110 from her cash register while employed as a cashier at Toys 'R Us. Officer Robert Jones investigated the incident.
Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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