MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - On Tuesday, May 30, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office seized 19 bags of suspected heroin prior to it entering the Morris County Correctional Facility.
Thasseus Licata, 31, of Netcong, was taken into custody at the Morris County Superior Courthouse for a Violation of Probation. Prior to placing Licata into a central holding area within the courthouse, a cursory search of the detainee conducted by Correction Officer Matthew Dunbar revealed the suspected heroin hidden within Licata’s sock.
Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “This lends truth to the opioid crisis we are currently faced with throughout Morris County and the rest of the country. A find such as this may have prevented a possible overdose, and possibly another fatality within police custody.”
Undersheriff Alan J. Robinson said, “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance for the introduction of contraband into the Morris County Courthouse and moreover into the Morris County Correctional Facility. Persons found to be in possession of criminal contraband will be charged accordingly.”
Consequently, Licata was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and issued a summons. He was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility where he is currently lodged without bail on the Violation of Probation.