3 arrested following drug investigation in Morris County
Three Morris County residents have been arrested following a drug investigation that began earlier this summer and involved the distribution of cocaine in Boonton and Morristown, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
On Sept. 12, 2019, a search warrant was executed in Boonton, which resulted in the arrest of, Elijah Downey, 23, and Myles Wilson, 22, both of Boonton. The seizure of cocaine and marijuana, and approximately $2,000 in drug distribution proceeds. The investigation in total yielded the seizure of cocaine in excess of 2 ounces and marijuana in excess of one ounce, Knapp said.
As part of this investigation, Kaire Pettiway, 22, of Morristown was also arrested on Sept. 12 in Morristown, Knapp said.
Downey was charged with two counts of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of second-degree distribution of cocaine, and two counts of third-degree possession of cocaine.
Pettiway was charged with one count of second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of second-degree distribution of cocaine, one count of second-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500’ of public property, one count of second-degree distribution of CDS within 500’ of public property, and one count of third-degree possession of cocaine.
Wilson was charged with one count of third-degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count of fourth-degree possession of marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All three are currently lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.
“This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working to thwart individuals committing crime in and around Morris County. Today, the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, led by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Enforcement Unit, worked in conjunction with multiple law enforcement officers to successfully, safely, and without incident, bring about the arrests of these individuals,” Knapp said.
“I would like to echo the statement of Prosecutor Knapp as to the importance of law enforcement collaboration and communication. It is through such joint efforts that we can make both counties and our state safer for all of its citizens. I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the involved agencies and look forward to working with them in the future,” Knapp said.
The following agencies assisted in the investigation, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Town of Boonton Police Department, Morristown Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Mount Olive Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Rockaway Borough Police Department, Wharton Police, Department, Chatham Borough Police Department, Chatham Township Police Department, and the Morris Township Police Department.