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Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Morris Prosecutor and Sheriff Aid State Task Force in Takedown of Major Fentanyl and Heroin MillFentanyl and Heroin Distributed by this Mill Linked to 227 Overdoses, Including 84 Deaths.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office participated in the recent breakup of a major opioids ring based in Harrison, Essex County, and which was a major supplier of illegal substances across New Jersey, including Morris County.

On Thursday (March 21) New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the arrests of Timothy Guest, 45, of Irvington; William Woodley, 27, of Belleville; and Selionel Orama, 25, of Cedar Grove in connection with the seizure of a large-scale fentanyl and heroin mill located in Harrison.

This ongoing investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 32,500 doses and four kilos of fentanyl and heroin. Fentanyl and heroin previously distributed by the mill have been linked to 227 overdoses, including 84 deaths.

The investigation was headed up by the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of various federal, county and local law enforcement agencies, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

“We prevented countless doses of fentanyl and heroin from reaching drug users by taking down this mill,” said Attorney General Grewal.

“Shutting down this facility and seizing this significant amount of drugs is another step in combating the Fentanyl and Heroin epidemic affecting our communities,’’ said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. “We are honored to be part of the New Jersey State Police Opioid Enforcement Task Force and will continue working with our law enforcement partners to successfully investigate and prosecute for-profit drug dealers preying on our residents.”

Chart showing overdose deaths due to different types of heroin stamps

Knapp was joined at the press conference by Prosecutor’s Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Prosecutor’s Captain Chris Kimker.

Guest, Woodley, and Orama are charged with the following offenses:

  1. Maintaining a Narcotics Production Facility (1st Degree)
  2. Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute (1st Degree)
  3. Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute (2nd Degree)
  4. Possession of Fentanyl (3rd Degree)
  5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (4th Degree)

Guest also is charged with third-degree Eluding Police. Guest is being held in jail pending a detention hearing. Woodley and Orama were released subject to conditions following detention hearings.

Deputy Attorneys General from the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice are responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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