CHATHAM, NJ - Two men working on the renovation of the Chatham Middle School Auditorium were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia on Monday morning.

Both men were released on their own recognizance, but prohibited from returning to the school.

According to the report by the Chatham Borough Police:

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At approximately 10:19 a.m. on February 3rd, 2020, Sergeant Wayne Shivers, arrested James Graeber, age 42 from Boonton Township, New Jersey and Adam Conrad, age 40 from Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania and charged then with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia."

Chatham Borough Police Officers Jeffrey Battiloro, Agnes Cisek and Sergeant Wayne Shivers responded to the Chatham Middle School to investigate a pouch containing suspected drug paraphernalia. The officers spoke with a school employee who escorted them to the auditorium, which is being renovated. In the pouch was a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia and a driver’s license.

Officers identified the owner of the pouch as James Graeber an employee for
the sub-contractor hired by the school. A search located Mr. Graeber asleep in a white van in the parking lot. The van is owned by Adam Conrad who is also an employee for the sub- contractor. Mr. Conrad was identified and escorted out to the van. A search of the vehicle located additional suspected narcotics. Both individuals were taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters for processing. Mr. Graeber and Mr. Conrad were served with complaint summonses and released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance. They are both prohibited from returning to the school.


All persons charged with an offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.