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4 arrested after month-long drug investigation in Warren County

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A month-long investigation into the alleged distribution of cocaine in the Hackettstown area has led to the arrest of four Independence Township residents, according to Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer.

On October 1, the Hackettstown Police Department, Independence Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department, Phillipsburg Police Department and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 48 Petersburg Road in Independence Township resulting in the seizure of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes, Pfeiffer said.

Shane Cole, 27, was charged with four counts of third-degree distribution of cocaine, one count of disorderly persons offense possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of disorderly persons offense possession of hypodermic syringes.

Scott Kramer, 46, was charged with one count of third-degree possession of cocaine.

Celia Ortiz, 51, was charged with one count of third-degree possession of cocaine.

Raymond Cole Jr, 26, was charged with on count of disorderly person offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

Each third-degree offense carries a maximum of five years in New Jersey State Prison. Disorderly person’s offenses carry a maximum of 180 days in Warren County Correctional Facility, Pfeiffer said.

Jay Edwards

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