Western New Jersey

Five Stewartsville residents arrested on drug charges

All were residing in Warren County home raided by police Friday

STEWARTSVILLE, N.J. - Five people were arrested in a police drug raid Friday at a home in Stewartsville, N.J.

Police found heroin, marijuana, drug-related paraphernalia, hypodermic needles and $8,539 in cash at the residence in the 200 block of Arbor Drive.

Two "pit-bull type dogs" in the house were turned over to Greenwich Animal Control.

Arrested were Khaleen Best, Reynaldo Ortiz, Jessica Maxfield, Lena Campbell and Jeremy Smith. All resided at that address.

The arrests followed a two-month-long undercover narcotics investigation into illegal drug trafficking.

Best, 25, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute less than one ounce of marijuana, two counts of distributing less than an ounce of marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession and one count of conspiracy.

Ortiz, 39, was charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver less than one ounce of marijuana, one count of distributing less than one ounce of marijuana, one count of conspiracy  and one count of possessing more than 50 grams of marijuana.

Both face up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison on each of the crimes except the possession charges.

Both 22-year-old Maxfield and 44-year-old Campbell are charged with possession of less than one half ounce of heroin, one count of unlawful possession of paraphernalia and one count of unlawful possession of hypodermic needles.

Maxfield and Campbell face up to five years in state prison on the heroin possession charges.

Maxfield and Campbell are listed as fugitives from justice in Warren County.  Maxfield also is listed a s fugitive from justice in Northampton County, Pa.

Smith, 25, is charged with one county of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of paraphernalia. 

Smith was released on his own recognizance. He faces up to 18 months in prison on each of the charges.

Best, Ortiz, Maxfield and Campbell were committed to the Warren County Correctional Center, all unable to post $20,000 cash bail.

They were scheduled to appear before a Warren County superior court judge Monday in the county court house.

A drug offender restraining order was signed by all five co-defendants prohibiting them from returning to the residence.

The investigation leading to the arrests was conducted by the Greenwich Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department, Phillipsburg Police Department, Warren County MANTIS and the Narcotics Task Force of the  Warren County Prosecutor's Office.

The Warren County Tactical Response Team also participated in executing the arrest warrants.

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