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Flemington Borough councilman arrested for selling cocaine and methamphetamine, prosecutor says

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – A Flemington Borough councilman has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine and methamphetamine, according Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson.

Malik D. Johnston, a/k/a Pippin J. Folk, 46, of Flemington was charged with second-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree distribution of methamphetamine, second-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and second-degree possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Second-degree charges may result in criminal penalties including, but not limited to, a term of imprisonment between five and ten years and a fine not to exceed $150,000.

On various occasions between Dec. 2022 and Feb. 2023 in Raritan Township, Johnston sold quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine to an undercover police officer. A further investigation revealed Johnston to be in possession of additional quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute while in Flemington Borough, Robeson said.

The prosecutor credited the Flemington Borough Police Department and the Narcotics Task Force — which includes members of the New Jersey State Police Kingwood Station — for conducting a model investigation that led to the subject charges.

“The joint investigation demonstrates the expertise and professionalism of Hunterdon County’s law enforcement community. Illegal drug manufacture and distribution continue to pose a significant threat to public health and safety, which will be detected and prosecuted according to law,” Robeson said.

Johnston is lodged at the Warren County Correctional Center awaiting his first court appearance.

Johnston was elected to the Borough Council in 2020 and his term ends this year.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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