FLEMINGTON, NJ – A press release from Hunterdon’s Acting County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams this afternoon announced the arrest of 11 people on narcotics charges.
Last month, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation dubbed “Operation Oxy Klean,” detectives targeted the illegal use and distribution of prescription legend drugs in Hunterdon and Warren Counties during 2017 and 2018, according to the release. The investigation was conducted by Williams’ Narcotics Task Force.
Those arrested are: Alexandria Peterson, Davey Hendershot, Kevin Merring, Melissa Mace, Michael Bishop, Pierre Demunguia, Sarah Norris, Jessica Croucher, Carlynda Zaro, James Crouse, and Chester Williams. Each was charged with third-degree conspiracy to possess controlled dangerous substances and disorderly persons offenses of possessing prescription legend drugs. The press release didn’t identify their ages or municipality of residence.
“These enforcement actions are the culmination of a long investigation into the use and distribution of illegally obtained Oxycodone and Percocet pain pills throughout Hunterdon and Warren Counties,” Williams said in the statement. “Prescription monitoring documents and cellphone analysis revealed an ongoing illegal redistribution of thousands of prescription pain pills for street-level consumption.
“Oxycodone and Percocet, each a Schedule II controlled substance, require a valid physician’s prescription along with the medical necessity for the prescribed dosages,” he said. “Several people arrested in this investigation were obtaining these prescriptions from physicians and nurse practitioners but diverting them for street-level sales.
The investigation is ongoing, Williams said, and is being prosecuted by his office.
The press release was issued jointly by Williams and his Acting Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo.