MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Four South Jersey residents were arrested on a variety of charges Wednesday night in Mount Olive Township.
Randi L. Contravo, 24, of Gloucester City was charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Daniel A. Welzel III, 30, of West Deptford was charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, maintenance of lamps, failure to possess insurance card, and possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
Breanna C. Hoyte, 23, of Haddonfield was charged with possession of paraphernalia, hindering own apprehension, and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
Karl W. Stuart, 32, of Westville was charged with contempt of court.
At 10:17 p.m. an officer was on routine patrol when he observed a 2001 Volkswagen traveling east on Route 46 with an inoperable taillight, police said.
The officer initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle in the area of the BP Gas Station, located on Route 46, and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Welzel. The passenger was identified as Contravo, police said.
The officer checked Welzel and Contravo’s credentials, and found that she had an active warrant for $800.00 out of Gloucester City. She was then placed under arrest, police said.
When the officer returned to the vehicle to speak further with Welzel, the officer observed a male and female approaching the vehicle from across the parking lot. The officer instructed them to wait at the curb, so he could speak with them, police said.
The officer then allegedly observed a hypodermic syringe where Contravo had been seated within the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly yielded a total of seven hypodermic syringes in addition to the one located on the seat and an empty fold of suspected heroin, which were all determined to belong to Contravo, police said.
When the search had concluded, the officer discovered that the male and female who had been asked to wait, had walked away, police said.
Contravo was transported to police headquarters, and Welzel, who was not under arrest, opted to follow to pick up Contravo when she was released. Once Contravo was secured in headquarters, the officer went out to the parking lot to speak further with Welzel. As he approached the vehicle, the officer allegedly observed him with two bags of suspected heroin in his hand, and a broken pen which was being used as a straw. He was placed under arrest, police said.
A secondary search of Welzel’s vehicle at police headquarters allegedly yielded nine additional folds of suspected heroin, police said.
Another officer located the male and female who had walked away, and stepped out to speak with them. The female allegedly identified herself as Brittany Hoyte. The male refused to speak with the officer and continued to walk away. She advised the officer that the male’s name was Karl, and that she had just met him. A check of her credentials show no active warrants, and she was allowed to leave, police said.
During the course of a police investigation, it was revealed that the female who identified herself as Brittany Hoyte was actually Brianna Hoyte, and had used a false name because she had multiple active warrants for her arrest. The male was identified as Karl Stuart, who also had multiple warrants for his arrest. The officer responded back to the area of the Village Green Apartments, and was able to locate Hoyte outside of one of the buildings, police said.
Hoyte was placed under arrest, and a search of her person yielded seven hypodermic syringes. Stuart was found to be inside of one of the apartments in the building and was also placed under arrest, police said.
Stuart was released pending a court hearing.
Contravo, Hoyte, and Welzel were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending court hearings.