SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police arrested Kenneth J. Norton, 23, of Scotch Plains on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia on Saturday, Dec. 30.
The search warrant of a home at 417 Farley Avenue resulted from months-long investigation conducted by Det. Bradley Belford of the Scotch Plains Police Detective Bureau. During the search, detectives found numerous types of cannabis oil cartridges (used for "vaping") with a street value of over $6,000 and drug paraphernalia.
Norton was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and distribution of marijuana within 500 feet of a public park. He was transported to police headquarters, processed and released on a summons. Norton will have an upcoming court date.
"When marijuana oils are put in vaping pipes and it's the same thing as smoking a joint," explained Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley, who recently met with high school students to talk about the growth and dangers of "vaping" marijuana. 
In fact, while overall teen drug use is down, marijuana use and vaping are up, according to a research report by the University of Michigan. Further, marijuana use and vaping are now more popular among teenagers than cigarette smoking, according to a recent New York Times report. 
In an interview with TAPintoSPF, Conley commended the work of his detective bureau.
"It's a great job by Detective Belford," Conley said. "The amount of drugs and paraphernalia he had was not personal use, it was enough for us to press charges on intent to distribute." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.