West Deptford police have made a number of drug-related arrests in the township during the past two weeks, 10 of which have been for possession of opiates, like heroin, or for drug paraphernalia, such as hypodermic needles.
All were issued summonses and released pending court dates.
- On May 16, Jason G. Chisholm, 25, of Thorofare, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic needle after patrols received information about a suspicious incident.
- On May 13, Angelyn D. Selby, 38, of Monterey, TN, and Andrew Donavanik, 26, of Philadelphia, were both arrested for possession of CDS paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle after their vehicle was stopped for violations.
- On May 11, Justin J. Castagna, 25, of Pitman, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic needle after patrols responded to Friars Boulevard for a report of a subject walking in the roadway.
- Also on May 11, 26-year-old Ryan S. Riehl of Columbus, NJ, was arrested for possession of CDS paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle after patrols responded to the Crown Point Plaza for a report of an unconscious person.
- On May 10, Jeffrey P. Farrello, 46, of Newtown Square, PA, was arrested for possession of a hypodermic needle after patrols were dispatched to 696 Mantua Grove Road for a medical emergency.
- That same evening, 31-year-old Christopher C. Deckman of Pennsauken was arrested for possession of heroin and possession of CDS paraphernalia after a search warrant was executed on his vehicle.
- On May 8, 27-year-old Sara E. Kittredge of West Deptford was arrested for possession of CDS paraphernalia after her vehicle was stopped for motor vehicle violations.
- On May 4, Justin J. Strawn, 30, and Samantha Monahan, 23, both of Carneys Point, were arrested for possession of heroin, possession of CDS paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle after patrols stopped their vehicle.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse Overview published by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, heroin and opiate abuse accounted for 42 percent of admissions to the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System (NJ-SAMS) Substance Abuse Treatment, and the majority of Gloucester County residents (1,522) admitted to the program—nearly double the number of cocaine users.
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