ROXBURY, NJ – A Mount Olive man and a Parsippany man, both in their early twenties, face numerous hallucinogen distribution charges following a joint investigation by police from Roxbury and Mount Olive along with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, it was announced today.

The men, Thomas Romero, 24, of Budd Lake and Alec Sampson, 22, of Parsippany, are accused of possessing and distributing the drugs, along with other crimes related to their alleged efforts, police said. They said the arrests culminated a 3-month-long probe.

In addition to the drug crimes, Sampson was charged with money laundering, police said. “As a result of the investigation, approximately $7,000 was seized,” they added.

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Romero faces first-degree charges for distribution of LSD and possession of the hallucinogen with intent to distribute it, police said.

He also faces a second-degree charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs, two second-degree LSD possession and distribution charges and two third-degree charges related to LSD possession, police said.

Sampson was charged with first-degree possession with intent to distribute LSD and with first-degree distribution. He is also accused of second-degree conspiracy to distribute as well as a long list of third-degree crimes:

- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS): LSD

- Possession of CDS: DMT

- Possession of CDS: Ketamine

- Possession of CDS: MDA

- Possession of CDS: Ecstasy

- Possession of CDS: Psilocybin mushrooms

- Possession of more than five grams of hashish, specifically THC cartridges

- Possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute or manufacture CDS

- Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute DMT

- Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute Ketamine

- Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute psilocybin mushrooms

- Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute MDA

- Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute ecstasy

- Possession of marijuana hashish, specifically THC cartridges, with the intent to distribute same in a quantity of five grams or more but less than one pound

- Money laundering

Police did not reveal the circumstances of the arrests. They said Sampson and Romero were taken to the Morris County jail pending detention hearings.

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