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Months long drug investigation in Sussex County leads to 6 arrests

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A three-month-long investigation by detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Narcotics Task Force into the distribution of narcotics in Newton has led to six arrests.

While conducting the investigation, detectives saw an increase in overdoses and Narcan deployment. It was determined that the distribution point for narcotics in the area was a residence on Halsted Street and also a residence on Hamilton Street, police said.

On September 21 and 22, detectives arrested six individuals and executed two search warrants at the residences. Narcotics seized during the investigation included heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD), police said.

Detectives also seized a stolen handgun from one of the residences. The handgun was reported stolen out of the Savannah, GA in June of this year. All of the individuals were taken into custody without incident, police said.

The following 6 individuals were arrested during the course of the investigation and charged with the following offenses:

Gabriel L. DeJesus, 21, from Newton

  • 1 count of first-degree distribution of LSD.

Kevin J. Curran, Jr., 55, from Newton

  • 1 count of third-degree aiding in the distribution of crack cocaine.

Rahon A. Nickerson, 29, from Newark

  • 1 count of second-degree possession of a firearm while engaging in the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
  • 1 count of second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose.
  • 1 count of third-degree receiving stolen property.
  • 1 count of third-degree aiding in the distribution of cocaine.
  • 1 count of third-degree aiding in the distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree conspiracy to commit the distribution of crack cocaine.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of heroin.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute ecstasy/MDMA within a 1000 feet of a school zone.

Bali L. Johnson, 29, from Newton

  • 1 count of second-degree possession of a firearm while engaging in the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
  • 1 count of third-degree receiving stolen property.
  • 1 count of third-degree conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree conspiracy to commit the distribution of crack cocaine.
  • 2 counts of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of heroin.
  • 2 counts of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
  • 1 count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute ecstasy/MDMA.
  • 1 count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute ecstasy/MDMA within a 1000ft of a school zone.

Tannis D. Posey, 45, from Newton

  • 3 counts of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine.
  • 1 count of fourth-degree certain persons not to have weapons (brass knuckles).

Cindy L. Vandermark, 40, from Newton

  • 1 count of third-degree distribution of crack cocaine.

Curran, Jr. and Vandermark were issued complaint summonses and released.

DeJesus, Nickerson, Johnson, and Posey were all lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility per the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

Detectives from the Newton Police Department and the Sussex County Narcotics Task Force were assisted by Detectives from the Franklin Borough Police Department, Hopatcong Police Department, a Trooper from the New Jersey State Police CAP Program, the Vernon Township Police Department, and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Officer K-9 Unit.

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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