ROXBURY, NJ - Information gathered by a Roxbury detective led to the arrest this week of three area residents police say were involved in heroin distribution in the area, police said today.

Roxbury Police Detective Jack Sylvester developed information and signed search warrants that led to the arrests in Netcong and Mount Olive of Murad Malone, 52, of Budd Lake, Debra Hartle, 50, of Netcong and Amanda Hartle, 29, of Netcong, said a statement issued by Mount Olive police.

It said Mount Olive Police Detective Cpl. Eric Krouse also developed information that led to the arrests after a "collaborative, month-long investigation into the narcotics distribution" in western Morris County..

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"Search warrants were executed in the Eagle Rock Village Apartment Complex in Mount Olive and a Netcong Borough residence," said the statement. It noted that Netcong Police Cpl. Joseph Mattis served as the lead investigator in that borough.

The officers were assisted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and "pre-operational assistance" was credited to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.

"As a result of the investigation in Mount Olive two hundred fifty five (255) glassine bags of suspected heroin, under fifty (50) grams of marijuana and approximately $1,000 in United States currency were seized, along with a vehicle used to facilitate the crimes," police said. 

Malone, arrested at Eagle Rock Village, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Transporting Funds Known to be Derived from Criminal Activity, Possession of Under 50 grams of Marijuana, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia and CDS in a motor vehicle, police said.

Amanda Hartle, arrested in Netcong, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Criminal Conspiracy and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, police said.

Debra L. Hartle, also arrested in Netcong, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Criminal Conspiracy and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, police said.

“The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of the three agencies involved,” said Mount Olive Police Detective Lieutenant Lou Sanchez in the statement.

It quoted Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher as saying "All of our communities have seen the damage narcotics, especially heroin, is doing to individuals and families. With our fellow stakeholders we will aggressively pursue those distributing these narcotics. For those that are addicted, please remember help is available. New Jersey’s Addiction Helpline is (1-844-276-2777).”

The arrested people were placed in the Morris County jail pending first appearances and pre-trial detention hearing, police said.