PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A three week investigation into the alleged distribution of methamphetamine in Phillipbsurg has led to the arrest of a Phillipsburg man, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.
On Thursday, Phillipsburg police, Washington Township Police, NJ State Police, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant of a residence in Phillipsburg, Burke said.
According to Burke, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, and marijuana were seized during the search, Burke said.
Peter Minchella Jr., 29, was charged with third-degree possession of heroin, third-degree possession of ecstasy, two counts of third-degree possession of methamphetamine, third-degree distribution of less than one-half ounce of methamphetamine, third-degree possession with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of methamphetamine, second-degree possession with the intent to distribute more than one-half ounce of methamphetamine and two counts of second-degree possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine within 500 feet of a public park.
Each second-degree offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years and/or a fine of $150,000. Each third-degree offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and/or a fine of $35,000 for possession and $75,000 for distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
“While arresting those who violate the law will not, in and of itself, eradicate the drug problem, we must hold accountable anyone who places the citizens of Warren County in danger by selling illicit drugs. I would like to thank the Phillipsburg, Washington Township, New Jersey State Police and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance. This operation and others like it would not be possible without the cooperation of many law enforcement agencies,” Burke said.