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25 Charged in Crackdown on Morris County Heroin, Coke Trafficking

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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.”

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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.

The prosecutor’s office released the following information about the suspects and the charges they face:

 

Prentice Melton (aka “Prince”), 47, of Clifton:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(2) Counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(2) Counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(2) Counts of Possession of Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(2) Counts of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(2) Counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Cocaine, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Heroin, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

Melton was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $200,000 no 10 percent bail.

 

Ronald G. Washington (aka “Trank”), 56, of Dover:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz.  (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd degree)

 

Ronald G. Washington was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $250,000 no 10% bail.

 

George R. Washington (aka “GW”), 51, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(2) Counts of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(2) Counts of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)              

(1) Count of Possession of Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Cocaine, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Cocaine, within 500 feet of a public park (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

George R. Washington was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $250,000 no 10% bail.

 

Michael A. Washington (aka “Raheem”), 54, of Dover:

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Heroin, greater than ½ oz.  (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd degree)

Michael A. Washington was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $100,000 no 10% bail.

 

Robert L. Washington (aka “Robbie”), 49, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Distribution of Heroin within 500 feet of Public Park, less than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

 

Robert L. Washington was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $100,000 no 10% bail.

 

Deborah A. Jones (aka “Auntie”), 61, of Dover:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin with Intent to Distribute, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd degree)

Deborah A. Jones was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $100,000 no 10% bail.

 

Derrell A. Jones, 31, of Dover:

(1) Count of Possession of Marijuana, more than 50 grams (4th Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, more than 1 ounce but less than 5 pounds (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd degree)

Derrell A. Jones was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $2,500 no 10% bail.

 

David W. Jones (aka “Bones”), 58, of Dover:

 

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin, greater than ½ oz. (2nd degree)

David W. Jones was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $20,000 no 10% bail.

 

Randy Gwaltney (aka “Pee Wee”), 44, of Dover:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

Randy Gwaltney was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $50,000 no 10% bail.

 

William A. Bryant, Jr.,  50, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin with Intent to Distribute, greater than ½ oz. (2nd Degree)

William A. Bryant, Jr. was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.  His bail has been set at $100,000 no 10%.

 

Gregory Blayer, age 34, of Flanders:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Gregory Blayer was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 no 10% bail.

 

Otis L. Davis, 57, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Otis L. Davis was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Andrew W. Mistkowski, 50, of Randolph:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Andrew W. Mistkowski was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $5,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Jennie E. Maccario, 36, of Hopatcong:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Jennie E. Maccario was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 with a 10% option bail.

 

Jessica L. Debonis, 30, of Flanders:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Jessica Debonis is currently at-large.  Her bail has been set at $10,000 with a 10% option bail.

 

Melissa A. Lapinski, 36, of Budd Lake:

 

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Melissa Lapinski was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Richard J. Hillabrant, 45, of Rockaway:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Richard J. Hillabrant was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Korey E. Holloway, 41, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Korey E. Holloway was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Carla J. Forgione, 44, of Rockaway:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Carla J. Forgione was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $5,000 with 10% option bail.

 

Sheyne V. Jordan, 45, of Rockaway:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Sheyne V. Jordan was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $7,500 with 10% option bail.

 

Marcelo Fabian, 44, of Dover:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (3rd Degree)

Marcelo Fabian was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $10,000 no 10% bail.

 

Stephen Rudolph, 59, of Glen Gardner:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

Stephen Rudolph was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.  His bail has been set at $5,000 with no 10% option bail.

 

Lauren M. Ellis-White, 52, of Dover:

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession of Cocaine (3rd Degree)

(1) Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, less than ½ oz. (3rd Degree)

Lauren M. Ellis-White was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.  Her bail has been set at $7,500 with no 10% option bail.

 

Brandon L. White, 22, Dover, NJ:

(1) Count of Possession of Marijuana, less than 50 grams (Disorderly Persons)

Brandon L. White was released on his own recognizance.

 

Ashon J. Hackett-Taylor, 22, of Morristown:

(1) Count of Possession of Marijuana, less than 50 grams (Disorderly Persons)

Ashon J. Hackett-Taylor was released on his own recognizance.

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