MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Ashley DeSalvo, 27, of Dover was sentenced Thursday by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Critchley, Jr. to five years in New Jersey State Prison with twenty-five months of parole ineligibility for third-degree distribution of heroin, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
During the month of May 2018, a collaborative investigation by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force) and Rockaway Borough Police Department identified that DeSalvo was actively selling heroin to drug buyers in Rockaway Borough.
These heroin sales typically occurred in the parking lots of retail establishments within the Borough. During the commission of these drug distribution crimes, DeSalvo was enrolled in drug court special probation stemming from a prior conviction. On May 31, Rockaway Borough Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested DeSalvo.
On August 7, she pled guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.
“Selling Heroin while on Drug Court probation will not be tolerated. We are losing too many of our residents to opiate overdoses. Drug Court is an extremely valuable program aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction and getting addicted offenders healthy. However, we cannot tolerate those who continue to sell narcotics while in the program,” Knapp said.