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Drug Bust Nets 25 In Hopatcong, Roxbury

'Operation Roxicong' spawned by burglary, theft investigations, police say.

Police said that a month-long drug investigation led to the arrest of more than two dozen people in Hopatcong and Roxbury early Wednesday morning.

Police said 87 officers from towns in Sussex and Morris counties began arresting the 22 men and three women at about 3 a.m. Wednesday in 'Operation Roxicong.' Twenty-three of the people were charged with offenses related to distribution. 

The drugs ranged from heroin to marijuana to prescription drugs, including roxicotin and xanax, police said. Police said more 100 roxicotin or xanax pills were purchased by undercover officers over a one-month period.

Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the arrests were made by utilizing the undercover officers and cooperating witnesses throughout the past month.

Police said the investigation began when Det. Richard Ricco of the Roxbury Police and Det. Ryan Tracey of Hopatcong discovered several individuals shared similar characteristics in the crimes.

Simonetti said incidents involving stolen property sparked the investigation.

Police also recovered two motorcycles in Hopatcong Wednesday that were suspected to be stolen in Roxbury, Simonetti said.

"The detectives were working other cases – burglaries, thefts – and were coming up with the same people as possible suspects in cases," Simonetti said. "They put the cases together, realized that the common denominator was narcotic distribution, and it was effecting both our communities."

Simonetti and Hopatcong Police Chief Robert Brennan thanked other agencies that assisted in the investigation, including MAGLOCEN, a federally funded organization that provided funds, equipment and analytical studies, the Morris County K-9 Unit, Sussex County K-9 Unit, New Jersey State Police, Division of Consumer Affairs-Enforcement Bureau, and the multiple jurisdictions that provided manpower for the search warrants and arrests.

Here's a list of the individuals charged by town:

Hopatcong

  • John McKevitt, 23: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS)
  • Michael J. Furman Jr., 28: Possesion of a CDS (6 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (5 counts), distribution of a CDS (5 counts), distribution of a CDS within 500 feet of a park
  • Mark J. Vogt, 35: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS, conspiracy to distribute a CDS
  • Theodore R. Hadyka, 23: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS, conspiracy to distribute a CDS
  • Joseph T. Leonard, 28: Possession of a CDS (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS (3 counts), conspiracy to possess a CDS (3 counts), conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Corey J. Barber, 29: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS, conspiracy to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Matthew S. Smith, 24: Possession of a CDS (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute CDSa , conspiracy to distribute a CDS
  • Michael P. Liberti, 27: Possession of a CDS (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS (3 counts), conspiracy to possess a CDS (3 counts), conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to distribute a CDS (2 counts)
  • Robert Jones Jr., 29: Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts), possession of CDS (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS within 1,000-feet of a school (2 counts)
  • Christopher G. Cordasco, 25: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS
  • Sean C. Murray, 20: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, distribution of a CDS within 500-feet of a park
  • John M. Leonard, 25: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS, conspiracy to distribute a CDS
  • Justin T. Fastiggi, 25: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS
  • Scott J. August, 23: Possession of a CDS (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts)
  • Kurt J. Neubauer, 23: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS
  • Zachary Martindell, 20: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS

Roxbury

  • Charles C. Tredway: Possession of a CDS
  • Steven D. Howell, 29: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a CDS, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS, conspiracy to distribute a CDS
  • Erin M. Cikovsky: Possession of a CDS (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to possess a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000-feet of a school, distribution of a CDS within 500-feet of a park
  • Wilmot A. Watson, 20: Possession of a CDS (2 Counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to possess a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), conspiracy to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS 1,000-feet of a school, distribution of a CDS within 500-feet of a park
  • Dylan S. Nowakowski, 19: Possession of a CDS (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS (2 counts), distribution of a CDS within 500-feet of a park (2 counts)
  • Melissa L. Zabriskie, 29: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, distribution of a CDS within 500-feet of a park
  • Scott H. Rosica, 23: Possession of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS, conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance

Mount Olive

  • John J. Youssef, 28: Possession of an with intent to distribute a CDS, distribution of a CDS
Fifty_Shades_of_Snitch November 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I only counted 22 mug shot photos, and the title of the artice is "Drug Bust Nets 25 in Hopatcong, Roxbury." My friend is in law enforcement and she explains when there is a snitch, they help identify other drug dealers, in return for their mug shot not appearing in the media. If you look a the list of names, and check off whose photo does not appear, you can spot the snitch, or snitches. I fear for the snitches and their families. I work two jobs and still I have a hard time putting food on the table and paying the bills. These pampered suburban youth can buy drugs and profit off the misery of others. We have a chance to rid our town of these crime families, and the Police can only do so much. Vigilante justice is needed. Today. I don't want my child's mind and body ravage by the scourge of drugs.
david levine November 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Yeah the blonde girl in the bust. use to go to the Black River barn. and buy weed off Johnny John the bartender that works there. unbelievable. and he still works at the barn. after he got busted selling weed. back in March. show you what kind of honors run the barn and the people he has working for them
Mitch December 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The Romney Boyz solved the case!
S. Murray March 09, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Why do I see a certain surname again and again in relation to drugs and alcohol? Gee, wonder if there is any relation?
Sheila White April 13, 2013 at 07:03 PM
God's plan for the 25 drug families. He will take care of them. Hey, do me a favor. The next time you're near the pond, drop a stone in. Do you know what'll happen? It sends ripples. Imagine 25 stones, and the amount of ripples. These arrests send ripples though our families, our classmates, our relatives, our bouncers, our ministers, our bikers, our vandals, dropouts, shoe collectors, Celtic fans, Spanish ex-girlfriends, legal divorced secretaries, vulgar and naughty moms, bitter moms, moms who say, "She thinks she is better than everybody, our jailed husbands, our uneducated moms, our tanning moms, our moms with overharvested eyebrows, etc. Let's invite these criminal of the street and into church.

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