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Three charged in Washington Twp. meth lab bust

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A six-month investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine within Washington Township has led to the arrest of three township residents.

On Wednesday, New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Response Unit, the Warren County Hazardous Materials Unit, the Washington Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, the Phillipsburg Police Department, and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a narcotics search warrant in Washington Township.

According to police, methamphetamine and equipment utilized in the production of methamphetamine were seized during the search. 

Joshua D. Groff, 38, Cari D. Stone, 41, and Jai Divittorio, 45, who all live at the Hickory Hill Motel in Washington Township, were each charged with first-degree maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility, second-degree conspiracy to maintain or operate a controlled dangerous substance production facility, third-degree manufacturing controlled dangerous substance and third-degree possession of methamphetamine.

Groff was additionally charged with third-degree escape, and fourth-degree resisting arrest after he attempted to flee police custody.

The first degree offenses carry a maximum penalty of twenty years in state prison. The second degree offenses carry a maximum of ten years in state prison. the third degree offenses carry a maximum of five years in state prison and the fourth degree offenses carry a maximum of eighteen months in state prison. 

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

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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