Multiple arrests for Drugs in Wawa Parking Lot

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Patrol Officer Ryan Taylor was patrolling the area of Wawa, 350 New Road, on Sunday, September 30 at 7:39 p.m., when he made contact with Matthew Banta, 46, West Milford, and another male standing outside of a 2001 Pontiac Firebird.

Upon arrival of Patrol Officer J. Garza and D. Sisco, they made contact with Jessica Doty, 29, West Milford, who was sitting inside the vehicle.

During the course of their investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Banta and Mrs. Doty both gave false personal information to officers.

They also found Ms. Doty had four active warrants for her arrest and Mr. Banta had two active warrants for his arrest. Mr. Banta and Ms. Doty were both placed under arrest.

Upon further investigation Ms. Doty was also found to be in possession of 62 wax folds containing suspected Heroin, nine vials of suspected cocaine, and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia.

They were both transported to police headquarters for processing. While there Mr. Banta was charged with one count of 4th Degree Hinder Apprehension and Being under the Influence of CDS without a Prescription, a Disorderly Persons Offense.

Mrs. Doty was charged with one count of Third Degree Possession of CDS (Heroin); one count of Third Degree Possession of CDS (Cocaine); one count of Fourth Degree Hindering Apprehension; Being under the Influence of CDS without a Prescription, a Disorderly Persons Offense; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Disorderly Persons Offense; and
Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, a Disorderly Persons Offense

Both individuals were transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending their court date.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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