SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick man has been charged on counts of drug possession and child endangerment in the Kendall Park section of the township. Michael Mcgarty, age 36, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of various narcotics and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release.

This is the result of a three-month-long investigation between the South Brunswick Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration due to multiple complaints from residents about hypodermic needles being found near New Road. Authorities determined that drugs, such as methamphetamine and heroin, were being distributed from 12 Benson Road, Monmouth Junction.

On Thursday morning, detectives executed a knock-first warrant at the residency and found Mcgarty hiding behind his dryer. Mcgarty was taken into custody for a probation violation warrant for previously spitting on officers. During the search, detectives recovered narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and weapons, according to a press release.

“Clearly the neighborhood was suffering from the impact of the drug activity. It was brought to an end by the community members who came forward along with the assistance of the DEA and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office,” South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a released statement, “I want to also recognize the work of Detective Tim Hoover who pursued all the investigative leads to bring this operation to an end.”