Mercer County Narcotics Task Force investigation leads to arrests, guns, methamphetamine in Hopewell Township


The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force (MCNTF) concluded a month-long investigation this week with three arrests and the seizure of 11 guns, high-capacity rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and approximately $1,000 in methamphetamine.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Jan. 27, members of the New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Hamilton Township Police Division, the Trenton Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed a search warrant for the residence of 255 Route 31 northbound in Hopewell Township, according to information provided by Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri on Jan. 28.

During the search warrant execution, residents Charlene Else, 58, and Carmen Morelli, 45, were located and detained in the rear yard. Bobbi Lynn Sensinger, 45, also a resident, was located and detained in the second floor front bedroom, according to the statement.

A subsequent search of the residence allegedly revealed eight long guns and three handguns, including a loaded Browning Arms .22 caliber rifle, a loaded Winchester Model 94 3030 lever action rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester Model 1917 bolt action rifle, an Iver Johnson 12-gauge single shot shotgun, a Remington Model S12 bolt action .22 caliber rifle, an Ithaca double barrel 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin bolt action Model SS 12-gauge shotgun, a Haus Firearm Company .22 caliber revolver handgun, a loaded Raven Arms MP-25 handgun and a Para Ha semi-automatic handgun, according to officials.

Detectives also allegedly seized seven 30-round AR style rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of assorted ammunition, 10 grams of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $1,000, drug packaging materials and $2,150 in cash, according to the statement.

Else, Morelli and Sensinger were each charged with numerous narcotic- and weapons-related offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending future court proceedings, according to the statement.