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Months-long investigation leads to drug, child endangerment charges against resident of Benson Road

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A three-month-long joint investigation into drug distribution in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick has led to charges against a 36-year-old township resident.

The joint investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and South Brunswick Police Department (SBPD) was the result of complaints from community members about unusual activity on New Road and complaints of hypodermic needles being discarded on the side of the road, according to information provided by the SBPD on Sept. 18.

Detectives began monitoring the area of Benson Road. Investigators developed probable cause that methamphetamine and heroin were being dealt from a residence, according to the statement. Detectives obtained a search warrant from a Superior Court judge with the assistance of the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office.

Early Sept. 17, detectives reportedly executed a knock-first search warrant, according to the statement. After being granted entry into the residence, the team located the man hiding behind a dryer in the residence, according to the allegations.

The man was taken into custody for a probation violation warrant for previously spitting on officers, according to reports.

During the search, detectives reportedly recovered narcotics, drug paraphernalia and weapons, according to the statement.

The man was charged with unlawful of a possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of various narcotics, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The man was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending his bail hearing.

SBPD Chief Raymond Hayducka credited the community and the other law enforcement agencies for their assistance.

“Clearly the neighborhood was suffering from the impact of the drug activity. It was brought to an end by the community members who came forward along with the assistance of the DEA and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. I want to also recognize the work of Detective Tim Hoover who pursued all the investigative leads to bring this operation to an end,” Hayducka said in the statement.

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