News Department

Man charged in Somerset County narcotics investigation

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A two-month long investigation into the alleged distribution of controlled dangerous substances from a hotel in Somerset County has led to the arrest of a North Brunswick man, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On Monday, Feb. 27, 35-year-old Anthony L. Banks was arrested by the Somerset County Narcotics Task Force as he exited the undisclosed hotel located on Cedar Grove Lane in Somerset without incident, McDonald said.

A search of Bank’s hotel room yielded in the seizure of over ½ ounce of suspected cocaine, under ½ ounce of suspected heroin, along with a quantity of controlled prescription pills and fentanyl pills, McDonald said.

The investigation revealed that Banks was utilizing the hotel room to store, package and distribute the illegal narcotics, McDonald said.

Banks was charged with first-degree maintaining a CDS production facility, second-degree possession with the Intent to distribute cocaine, and three counts of third-degree possession of CDS. He was then lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending his court date, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button