MORRISTOWN, NJ - Ronald V. Castellano (55) of Chester was arrested on charges stemming from an illegal drug distribution investigation, announced the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
According to police, during the month of August, the Rockaway Police Department received information that Catnip Cocktail was being distributed from the Nutrition Zone in Rockaway Borough. Catnip Cocktail, also known as Lucky 7 and Yohoo Cleaner, mimics the date-rape drug Gamma-HydroxybutyricAcid (commonly known as GHB) once ingested, they said.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of 68 bottles of the controlled substance from within the store, over $1,000 and a 2017 Bentley Continental GT.
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office charged Castellano with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(13); and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5- 2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(13).
“This is a very harmful substance and unfortunately its abuse is on the rise" said Prosecutor Knapp. "The Morris County Narcotics Task Force will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute its illegal sale and possession”.
Castellano was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility while awaiting his first court appearance.
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