Community Response to Operation Prescription Drug Take Back Day Remains Consistent

Community Response to Operation Prescription Drug Take Back Day Remains Consistent

Community Response to Operation Prescription Drug Take Back Day Remains Consistent

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, members from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office partnered with members from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris Plains Borough Police Department, Morris Township Police Department and the Randolph Township Police Department to participate in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This bi-annual effort sponsored by law enforcement encourages individuals to anonymously turn in unused, unwanted and expired drugs into secure drop boxes located at designated locations in Morris County. It proves to be a safe, responsible and environmentally sound way to dispose of these drugs, which remain secure and under law enforcement control until they are incinerated.

“Oftentimes, drug abuse begins in the medicine cabinet. Eliminating this source of drugs has been a step in the right direction of curbing abuse, and Operation Prescription Drug Take Back Day continues to lend itself towards this goal”, said Prosecutor Knapp.

A total of 509 pounds of drugs were collected during this four hour event from three designated drop box locations, including the Cedar Knolls Shop-Rite in Hanover Township, the Morris Plains Stop and Shop Supermarket, and the ACME Supermarket in Randolph. In comparison, 372 pounds were collected from three locations during this year’s previous event held in April. Countywide, April’s event yielded 726 pounds, while this event yielded 888 pounds.

For the convenience of our citizens, permanent drop boxes are located throughout Morris County for year around use. A list can be found at, http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at [email protected] or 973-285-6200.

Mount Olive man indicted on charges of causing drug-induced death

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Kayron Jackson, aka Alkama Jackson, aka “Keys,” of Mount Olive, was indicted today (October 24) on numerous charges stemming from an investigation into the May death of Jennifer Ward, 35, in Jefferson Township.

An 18-count Indictment was returned against Jackson, 37, charging him with the first degree crime of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, and the third degree crime of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl).

These charges are related to allegations that Jackson distributed Fentanyl to Ward on May 4 in Mount Olive, which then resulted in her death. In addition to these charges, Jackson was also indicted on charges of third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) and third degree Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) for his alleged conduct on May 4.

The Grand Jury also returned charges against Jackson related to multiple other instances of alleged drug dealing. They are as follows:

1. April 24, 2017 – Jackson was indicted on charges of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin), and multiple counts of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin) for conduct alleged to have occurred on April 24, 2017 in Mount. Olive. All charges from this date are in the third degree.

2. May 6, 2017 – Jackson was indicted on charges of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) for conduct alleged to have occurred on May 6, 2017 in Hopatcong. All charges from this date are in the third degree.

3. May 7, 2017 – Jackson was indicted on charges of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) for conduct alleged to have occurred on May 7, 2017 in Mount Olive. All charges from this date are in the third degree.

4. May 8, 2017 – Jackson was indicted on charges of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl), and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Fentanyl) for conduct alleged to have occurred on May 8, 2017 in Mount Olive. All charges from this date are in the third degree.

Lastly, the Grand Jury also returned a charge against Jackson of Hindering His Own Apprehension or Prosecution, a crime of the third degree, for conduct alleged to have occurred on July 28, 2017.

Jackson had previously been charged by way of a warrant-complaint with numerous crimes related to this death investigation. Those charges were authorized on July 27 by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Critchley. Jackson was subsequently arrested on those charges on July 28 in Mount Olive and has been since remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings.

Members of the Mount Olive Police Department, Jefferson Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Special Enforcement Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office have contributed to this investigation and prosecution.

Despite the return of an Indictment in this matter, this defendant is presumed innocent unless, or until, he is proven guilty in court.

Any inquiries can be directed to the Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6200 or [email protected]

Prosecutor Knapp takes part in Bergen County presentation to fight opioid abuse

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp joined New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal and community activists in a recent discussion in Franklin Lakes, Bergen County on combatting opioid and heroin addiction. Approximately 100 people were in attendance at Ramapo High School. The program was sponsored by the Franklin Lakes Municipal Alliance and was moderated by Mayor Frank Bivona.

Prosecutor Knapp takes part in Bergen County presentation to fight opioid abuse

Attorney General Porrino urged parents in the audience to help their children make the right decisions about drugs.
Prosecutor Grewal highlighted the need for parents and students to talk to their doctors about obtaining less powerful alternatives to opioids. Experts agree that addiction often starts when patients are proscribed powerful opioids for pain.
“When I am speaking to students in the community I tell them, ‘Just don’t take those pills,’ ‘’ said Patty Trava, a community liaison who lost her daughter to heroin.
The extent of the epidemic is well established. More individuals died from drug overdoses in the United States last year than the 58,000 Americans killed during the Vietnam War. Morris County is not immune. There have been 68 drug overdose deaths in Morris County so far this year, which already exceeds the total for 2016.