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Narcotics Investigation Leads to Arrest of 13 on Drug Charges

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Task Force have been conducting a cooperative and undercover narcotics investigation over the past several months, resulting in 13 individuals being arrested for narcotic related offenses

The investigation was based on ongoing Patrol Officer and witness observations and intelligence developed from overdose reports and informants. 

The following individuals were arrested and charged with the following offenses in and around various multi-dwelling buildings/residences in Newton on the dates indicated below:

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August 26, 2015:

  1. David L. Halls, 26 year old male, no address, was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [16 grams of heroin]and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin] within 500 feet of a Public Park. Halls was lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of $150,000 bail that was set by the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., JSC.
  2. Bret T. Jennings, 22 year old male from Franklin, was charged with two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Jennings was lodged in the Sussex County Jail on a warrant for Violation of Parole.
  3. Briana C. Mattson, a 21 year old female from Franklin, was charged with two counts of Aiding and Abetting in the Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Mattson was issued with a Complaint Summons.

September 14, 2015:

  1. Jack J. Elston, Jr., a 37 year old male from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Elston, Jr. was issued a Complaint Summons.
  2. Steven C. Hill, a 65 year male from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Hill was lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of $20,000 bail that was set by Judge James Devine, JMC.
  3. Joseph McGlinch, a 31 year old male from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin] and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. McGlinch was lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of $10,000 bail that was set by Judge Devine.
  4. Gerald W. Nystrand, Jr., a 49 year old male from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin] and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin].  Nystrand Jr., was lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of $10,000 bail that was set by Judge Devine.
  5. David J. Vanskiver, 27 year old male from Newton was charged with Aiding and Abetting in the Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin] and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Vanskiver was issued a Complaint Summons.

September 16, 2015:

  1. Andrew K. Gribble, a 24 year old male from Hardwick, NJ, was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Gribble was issued a Complaint Summons.

October 7, 2015:

  1. Laura A. Davis, a 24 year old female from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin] within 500 feet of a Public Park. Davis was issued with a Complaint Summons.
  2. Dale Davis, a 58 year old male from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [prescription narcotic pain medication]. Davis was issued with a Complaint Summons.

October 22, 2015:

  1. Kenneth Rivas, a 29 year old male from Newton was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin]. Rivas was issued a Complaint Summons.
  2. Sherry L. Hill, a 26 year old female from Newton was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin and prescription medication], two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance [heroin and prescription medication] and Possession of an Emergency Communications Receiver (possessing police radio scanner during commission of a crime).  Hill was lodged in the Sussex County Jail without bail as authorized by Hon. Judge John E. Mulhern, JMC.

As a result of the investigation, approximately 20 grams of heroin, which is about 400 bags, were seized.  Additionally, approximately $6,500 in US currency was seized from the subjects as proceeds from sales of the controlled dangerous substances. 

Patrol Officers and Detectives continue to work cooperatively with Task Force Detectives monitoring illicit activity and identifying suspects. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Newton Police Department at (973)383-2525 or submit tips anonymously by texting 274637 with keyword NEWTON.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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