Narcotics Task Force Makes Arrests In Cocaine Distribution

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announce the arrest of three individuals following a drug investigation that began earlier this summer and involved the distribution of cocaine in Boonton and Morristown. On September 12, a search warrant was executed in Boonton, which resulted in the arrest of two individuals, Elijah Downey and Myles Wilson, the seizure of cocaine and marijuana, and approximately $2,000 in drug distribution proceeds. The investigation in total yielded the seizure of cocaine in excess of two ounces and marijuana in excess of one ounce. As part of this investigation, a third individual, Kaire Pettiway, was arrested in Morristown.

The following individuals were arrested:

  1. Myles Wilson, 22, of Boonton, was charged with the following:
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Fourth-Degree Possession of Marijuana
  • 1 count of Disorderly Persons Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wilson is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance

  1. Elijah Downey, 23, of Boonton, was charged with the following:
  • 2 counts of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 2 counts of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Downey is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance

  1. Kaire Pettiway, 22, of  Morristown, was charged with the following:
  • 1 count of Second-Degree Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
  • 1 count of Second-Degree Distribution of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Second-Degree Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine Within 500’ of Public Property
  • 1 Count of Second-Degree Distribution of CDS Within 500’ of Public Property
  • 1 count of Third-Degree Possession of Cocaine

Pettiway is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “This investigation demonstrates the importance of collaborative law enforcement efforts working to thwart individuals committing crime in and around Morris County. Today, the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, led by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, worked in conjunction with multiple law enforcement officers to successfully, safely, and without incident, bring about the arrests of these individuals.”

Prosecutor Koch said: “I would like to echo the statement of Prosecutor Knapp as to the importance of law enforcement collaboration and communication.  It is through such joint efforts that we can make both counties and our state safer for all of its citizens.  I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the involved agencies and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Prosecutor’s Knapp and Koch thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to cooperative and collaborative law enforcement: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Town of Boonton Police Department, Morristown Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Mount Olive Police Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Rockaway Borough Police Department, Wharton Police, Department, Chatham Borough Police Department, Chatham Township Police Department, and the Morris Township Police Department.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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