Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on September 27, 2018, Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Critchley, Jr. sentenced Ashley DeSalvo, age 27, of Dover, New Jersey, to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison with twenty-five (25) months of parole ineligibility for Distribution of Heroin, a third degree crime.
During the month of May 2018, a collaborative investigation by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force) and Rockaway Borough Police Department identified that DeSalvo was actively selling heroin to drug buyers in Rockaway Borough. These heroin sales typically occurred in the parking lots of retail establishments within the Borough. During the commission of these drug distribution crimes, DeSalvo was enrolled in Drug Court special probation stemming from a prior conviction. On May 31, 2018, Rockaway Borough Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested DeSalvo. DeSalvo pled guilty to one count of distribution of heroin on August 7, 2018.
Assistant Prosecutor George N. Russo III represented the State in this matter.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated: “Selling Heroin while on Drug Court probation will not be tolerated. We are losing too many of our residents to opiate overdoses. Drug Court is an extremely valuable program aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction and getting addicted offenders healthy. However, we cannot tolerate those who continue to sell narcotics while in the program.”
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Chief Conrad Pepperman, Detective Robert Koehler, the Rockaway Borough Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit for their successful investigation of this case which resulted in the prosecution and conviction of this offender.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.