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Four arrested following search of Phillipsburg house

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Phillipsburg Police arrested four people after executing a search warrant for one house.

Milton Pettaway, William Walls, Melvin Pettaway and Ashley Riffert were arrested Tuesday at around 6 a.m. following a police search of a house in the 300 block of South Main Street.

Milton Pettaway, 45, of the 300 block of South Main Street in Phillipsburg, faces a slew of charges related to possessing and distributing heroin. He was transferred to Warren County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Melvin Pettaway, 46, also of the 300 block of South Main Street, had an outstanding warrant in Greenwich Township Municipal Court and now also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needle. He has been remanded to Warren County jail.

Twenty-eight year old Ashley Riffert was released on $5,000 bail with a ten percent option. She faces possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin charges. Her address is also listed in the 300 block of South Main Street.

Police also found William Walls, 31, a fugitive from justice, at the home. Wells if from the first block of South Fifth Street in Easton. Superior Court Judge Ann Bartlett ruled that Walls be held without bail for seven days.

Phillipsburg Police and the Warren County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force are continuing to investigate.

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