Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps have announced the arrest of two individuals for conspiracy, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute and maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility in Morris County.

MCPO SealParsipDuring the month of April 2016, members of the Parsippany Police Department received information concerning the belief that a residence within the community was being utilized as a grow house to manufacture marijuana.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 50 marijuana plants and illegal narcotics manufacturing equipment from within the home that had been converted into a CDS production facility.

The following individuals were arrested on May 10, 2016 as a result of this investigation:

Barton Harris, 58, of Morris Plains, was charged with the following:

  • 1 count of first-degree Maintaining or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility (more than ten (10) marijuana plants).
  • 1 count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (more than fifty (50) marijuana plants).
  • 1 count of second-degree Conspiracy to Maintain a Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility (more than ten (10) marijuana plants)

Bail was set at $200,000, no 10 percent option, with a bail source hearing required.

potMatthew Greist, 40, of Morris Plains, was charged with the following:

  • 1 count of first-degree Maintaining or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility (more than ten (10) marijuana plants).
  • 1 count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (more than fifty (50) marijuana plants).
  • 1 count of second-degree Conspiracy to Maintain a Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility (more than ten (10) marijuana plants)
  • 1 count of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (marijuana).

Bail was set at $200,000, no 10 percent option, with a bail source hearing required.

Both individuals were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

“The Morris County Narcotics Task Force will continue its commitment to work hand in hand with each municipality in the county to target these drug manufacturers distributing illegal controlled dangerous substances,” said Prosecutor Knapp, who urged residents to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and any criminal activity within our community.

Prosecutor thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force) and commended the cooperative efforts of all agencies involved, including the Parsippany Police Department, for efforts related to this investigation.  This investigation was led by the Parsippany Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit under the command of Detective Sergeant Thomas Lesiak.   This case will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Fiorentino.

 

Any inquiries regarding this Media Release can be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected]