PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A five-week long investigation into the alleged distribution of methamphetamine in Phillipsburg has led to the arrest of a Warren County man, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
On November 04, a search warrant was executed on a 2016 Honda Civic, driven by Brian Kirchner, 35, of Lopatcong Township, in the area of Union Square in Phillipsburg resulting in the seizure of $2,247 in US currency, a 2016 Honda Civic, and a quarter pound of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value between $2,400 and $3,600, authorities said.
As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was excited at 312 Stelko Avenue in Lopatcong Township. The search warrant led to the discovery and seizure of over a pound of methamphetamine as well as a pound of marijuana. One pound of methamphetamine is estimated street value of between $10,000 and $15,000. One pound of marijuana is estimated to have a street value between $1,000 and $3,500, prosecutor’s office said.
The total value of cash and narcotics seized is estimated to be between $15,727 and $24,427, authorities said.
Kirchner was charged with one count of first-degree possession with the intent to distribute more than five ounces of methamphetamine, three counts of second-degree possession with the intent to distribute more than a half ounce of methamphetamine, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute more than a half ounce of methamphetamine, and two counts of second-degree possession with the intent to distribute CDS within 500 feet from a public park.
Kirchner was then lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility and remains incarcerated pending a detention motion, prosecutor’s office said.
The investigation was conducted by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Phillipsburg Police Department, Hackettstown Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Washington Township Police Department, Greenwich Township Police and the Lopatcong Township Police Department.