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Three Teenagers Face Charges in Fake Drug Deal in West Orange

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WEST ORANGE – An 18-year-old Fanwood woman and two West Orange teenagers face charges after she told police that the pair brandished a handgun during a fake marijuana deal. 

Madison McBride of Fanwood is charged with loitering to obtain a controlled substance after her allegations of being robbed at gunpoint were deemed to be unfounded.

McBride called West Orange police just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 to the area Gilbert Place. Township police attempted to investigate the young woman’s claims that she was waiting near the baseball field at Roosevelt Middle School when two men brandished a handgun and robbed her of about $70.

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An 18-year-old New Providence man, whose car McBride drove to the township to buy the drugs, told police he was unaware of any robbery. He said he remained in the car and did not see a handgun.

The young woman has since stopped cooperating with police. A formal court date McBride has yet to be scheduled.

Meanwhile, the two West Orange teenagers, Daniel Farese, 19, and Joshua Eng, 18, face charges for their roles in the fake substance sale.

Farese and Eng reportedly sold the fake marijuana in a pre-arranged drug deal with McBride and two other teens. They have been charged with distribution of imitation CDS and theft by deception. 

Farese was arrested and released on $5,000 bail. Eng was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

An 18-year-old Short Hills man, who also accompanied the woman to the township for the transaction, refused interviews with police.

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