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Warren County couple arrested on drug charges

Three children and three pitbulls found in their home

WASHINGTON TWP., N.J. - A Warren County couple was arrested on drug charges after police searched their , home Wednesday afternoon.

Arrested were 26-year-old Michael Francisco and 32-year-old Jestina Lamar, who resided at 39 E. Church St. , Washington.

The arrests followed a two-month-long investigation of drug trafficking from the home by the Washington Township Police Department and the narcotics task force of the Warren County Prosecutor's Office.

Three children and three pitbull dogs were in the home, which was searched for drugs and drug trafficking proceeds.  A Washington Township police dog was used in the search.

Police found one pound of marijuana that was in the process of being heat sealed in a plastic bag, more than $4,500 in cash, a bong with several pipe attachments and other unspecified contraband.

The Warren County Tactical Response Team also participated in the search of the home.

Francisco and Lamar were charged with possession of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute drugs, possession with intent to deliver drugs in a school zone and endangering the welfare of children.

Both were detained in the Warren County Correction Center, unable to post $100,000 bail.  To make bail, both must prove any money used is not proceeds from drug trafficking.

The three children were taken into protective custody by the Department of Children Protection and Permanency.

If found guilty on all the charges, Francisco and Lamar face up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

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