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Man arrested in ‘catnip cocktail’ bust at Morris County nutrition store

ROCKAWAY BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man is facing drug charges after he was allegedly distributing “catnip cocktail” from within a nutrition store in Rockaway Borough, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Ronald V. Castellano, 55, of Chester was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, third-degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and third-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

During the month of August 2019, members of the Rockaway Borough Police Department received information concerning the belief that Catnip Cocktail was being distributed from within the Nutrition Zone, located at 350 Route 46, Rockaway Borough, Knapp said.

Catnip Cocktail, also known as Lucky 7 and Yohoo Cleaner, is a Schedule I CDS identified as 1, 4-Butanediol, which mimics the date-rape drug Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (commonly known as GHB) once ingested, Knapp said.

The investigation resulted in the Sept. 3, 2019 seizure of sixty-eight bottles of this controlled dangerous substance from within the store, over one-thousand dollars and a 2017 Bentley Continental GT, Knapp said.

Castellano is currently lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility awaiting his first appearance.

“This is a very harmful substance and unfortunately its abuse is on the rise. The Morris County Narcotics Task Force will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute its illegal sale and possession,” Knapp said.

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