FLEMINGTON, NJ – A pair of joint narcotics investigations has resulted in the arrest of three people.

John C. Bender, 30, of Flemington, was charged with fourth-degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, third-degree possession of psilocybin mushrooms with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly person offense.

The investigation was conducted by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and Flemington police. News of the arrest was released by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, his new Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo and Flemington Police Chief Jerry Rotella. Bender was arrested March 29 and released.

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Brian J. Lippincott, 36, of Raritan Township and Mary E. Griffin, 28, of Flemington were arrested in Raritan Township and charged with third-degree possession of heroin on March 20.

The arrests were the results of efforts by Kearns’ office and police in Flemington and Raritan Township. It was announced in a press release issued by Kearns, Crisologo, Rotella and Raritan Township Police Officer in Charge Captain Kevin Donovan.

Lippincott was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a disorderly person offense.

On Jan. 5, Lippincott was charged with fourth-degree unlawful taking of motor vehicle without owner’s consent for an incident which occurred in Flemington, according to the press release. 

Griffin was released; Lippincott was lodged in Somerset County Jail.