ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man is facing multiple serious drug charges following the seizure of sizeable quantities of methamphetamine and gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) from his home, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.
Authorities say, Christopher Durkin, 56, has been arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, a related second-degree narcotics offense, and two related third-degree narcotics offenses.
Authorities said the arrest is the result of an investigation led by Detective Dylan Cosgrove of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Intelligence-Driven Prosecutions Unit. The investigation, which was conducted over the course of approximately one month, ultimately led to the issuance of a search warrant for Durkin’s home, an apartment located on the 500 block of Spring Street in Elizabeth.
Members of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Division, assisted by the Elizabeth Police Department Narcotics Unit, executed the warrant last Thursday, February 20, recovering approximately 175 grams of methamphetamine, two bottles of GHB, drug paraphernalia commonly used for the packaging of both drugs, and about $170 in cash, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Tomlinson, who is prosecuting the case. GHB is a powerful depressant commonly used either recreationally or as a so-called “date rape” drug.
Convictions on criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to 20 years in prison.