MIDDLETOWN – A township couple was reportedly charged with multiple offenses after police raided their Port Monmouth home and discovered weapons and heroin under a mattress their 2-year-old daughter slept on.
On May 28, police conducted an early morning raid of a residence at 117 Main Street in the Port Monmouth section of the township after neighbors had complained for months about heroin sales taking place at the house, the Asbury Park Press reported.
"It was very obvious. There was constant traffic ... people pulling up, going inside, staying for a minute or two and leaving," Detective Lt. Steve Dollinger of the Middletown Police Department told the newspaper, adding the heroin sales went on around the clock. "There was enough going on for neighbors to complain. ... They were selling about $10,000 worth of heroin per week from that house and making a profit."
The search – which was conducted by a team of 17 officers - recovered 117 bags of heroin valued at more than $1,100, 16 hypodermic syringes and Xanax pills, Dollinger said.
Authorities also located heroin and weapons under a mattress where a 2-year-old girl had been sleeping, the Asbury Park Press reported.
"The child was in the bed with her mother, and the heroin was under the mattress," Dollinger said.
The child's parents - Jenna L. Connett and her husband, William D. Connett, both 35 – and a family friend Wayne Battista, 38, of North Park Avenue, were arrested following the search, the newspaper reported.
Jenna Connett was charged with possession of 117 bags of heroin, possession of eight Xanax pills, conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with the intent to distribute it near a park, possession of a weapon for unlawful use, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use and possession with the intent to use 16 hypodermic needles, the report said.
William Connett was charged with possession of 117 bags of heroin, possession of eight Xanax pills, conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with the intent to distribute near a park and endangering the welfare of a child, the report said.
Both were taken to Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township in lieu of bail set at $315,000 each, the report said.
Battista, who was reportedly a wanted person in Monmouth County at the time of his arrest, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said.
The child was turned over to her grandmother, Dollinger said.
By Rob Spahr
June 04, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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