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Warren County man arrested for weapons offenses now faces drug charges

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Phillipsburg man who was arrested earlier this month after police seized a ghost gun and a high-capacity magazine during a search warrant of his residence is now facing drug charges, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday.

Jeffrey S. Carthens, 18, was charged with possession of oxycodone, and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

On April 10, a black Nissan Murano SUV was witnessed firing at least six rounds into a crowd in the area of Fisher Ave and Kneedler Ave in Phillipsburg, authorities said.

The suspect’s vehicle was located at an address in Phillipsburg and it was determined that the vehicle was registered to Carthens, the prosecutor’s office said.

A search warrant was obtained and located inside the vehicle was a plastic bag containing 329 pills suspected to be oxycodone, authorities said.

It was on April 13, that the Phillipsburg Police Department, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, and the New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant at his residence on Summit Avenue in Phillipsburg, authorities said.

The execution of the warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into the recent discharge of firearms in Phillipsburg, the prosecutor’s office said.

As a result of the search warrant, police recovered a 9 MM Pantos untraceable ghost gun and a high-capacity magazine, authorities said.

Carthens was arrested on April 14 in Newark with assistance from the United States Marshalls Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Carthens was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree possession of a prohibited weapon (high-capacity magazine), and second-degree possession of a prohibited weapon (ghost gun).

Carthens is lodged in the Warren County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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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