BOONTON, NJ – Two Boonton men and a Morristown man are in jail following their arrest for distributing cocaine in Boonton and Morristown, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch announced yesterday.

The investigation that began earlier this summer culminated on Sept. 12, when a search warrant was executed in Boonton which resulted in the arrest of Elijah Downey, 23, and Myles Wilson, 22.  Both men are from Boonton. The search resulted in the seizure of more than two ounces of cocaine and more than an ounce of marijuana, and approximately $2,000 in drug distribution proceeds. As part of the investigation, Kaire Pettiway, 22, of Morristown, was arrested in Morristown.

Downey was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of second-degree distribution of cocaine and two counts of third-degree possession of cocaine. He is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance

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Wilson was charged with one count of third-degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count of fourth-degree possession of marijuana and one count of disorderly persons possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

Pettiway was charged with one count of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of second-degree distribution of cocaine, one count of second-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500’ of public property, one count of second-degree distribution of controlled dangerous substance within 500’ of public property and one count of third-degree possession of cocaine. He is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

“This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working to thwart individuals committing crime in and around Morris County,” Knapp said. “Today, the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, led by the Prosecutor's Office’s Special Enforcement Unit, worked in conjunction with multiple law enforcement officers to successfully, safely, and without incident, bring about the arrests of these individuals.”

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