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Man caught with heroin, drug paraphernalia in Newton

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton man is facing several charges after he was allegedly caught with heroin and drug paraphernalia in Newton.

Robert Petty, 47, was charged with third-degree possession of controlled dangerous substance, fourth-degree tampering with evidence, fourth-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded on Aug. 9 at 7:20 p.m. to the rear parking lot of Newtonian Gardens, located at 70 West End Avenue, for a report of a dispute between a male and female involving suspected C.D.S., police said.

A police investigation revealed that Petty was observed to be taking unknown item(s) from his pocket and pushing it into a bush, police said. 

The items were subsequently identified as 12 wax folds of suspected heroin in addition to a plastic straw (commonly used to ingest C.D.S.) with residue observed, police said.

Petty was taken into custody and lodged in the Sussex County Jail.

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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