MORRISTOWN, NJ – 25 people, including six from Morristown, two from Flanders and one from Randolph, were charged this week in a crackdown on heroin and cocaine distribution throughout Morris County, said county Prosecutor Fredric Knapp today.
Four men, two from Morristown and two from Dover, are members of the same family, the Washingtons, who were described by the prosecutor as the leaders of the drug trafficking network in Morris County, contending they obtained the drugs from Clifton resident Prentice Melton, 47.
Knapp said Morristown resident George Washington, 51, and his brother, Ronald Washington, 56, of Dover, “were obtaining a significant supply of heroin and cocaine.” He said the drugs were “imported into Morris County and sold throughout Morristown, Victory Gardens, Dover and surrounding areas.”
The probe that led to the arrests began after law enforcement officials, starting in December, “received information regarding cocaine and heroin distribution by multiple members of the Washington family,” said Knapp. He said the investigation was based on intelligence gathered by his office’s Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force.
Search warrants were executed on March 13 and March 14 throughout Morris and Passaic counties, said Knapp. In addition to the 25 people charged, the police action yielded the seizure of 1,400 folds of heroin, 55 grams of cocaine, more than $33,500 in cash, 11 motor vehicles, handgun ammunition and “various packaging and drug distribution related material,” said the prosecutor.
“This investigation uncovered a prolific drug trafficking network that distributed cocaine and heroin on the streets of Morris County,” said Knapp. “The widespread distribution of heroin has a detrimental impact on the lives of all citizens of Morris County. It remains a priority of this Office to target those offenders responsible for spreading this deadly narcotic drug throughout our communities.”
All the suspects were arrested except for one, Jessica Debonis, 30, of Flanders, who remains at large, said Knapp.