Two Charged With Drug Possession & Distribution

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman announce the arrest of two individuals for drug-related charges in connection with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Rockaway Borough.

Natalia E. Zyga, age 30, with a last known address in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, and Ryan J. Nilsen, age 29, with a last known address in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, have each been charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, a crime of the third degree, possession of heroin, a crime of the third degree, and conspiracy to distribute heroin, a crime of the third degree.

On December 3, 2018, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, and the Rockaway Borough Police Department were conducting an ongoing investigation into the distribution of controlled substances occurring in Rockaway Borough. During the course of this investigation, Zyga and Nilsen were arrested in possession of a quantity of suspected heroin with intent to distribute it within Rockaway Borough.

Both defendants were taken into custody pursuant to this ongoing investigation and were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on complaint warrants.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in this investigation, including the Rockaway Borough Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Special Enforcement Units.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have each been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotion

Morris County Prosecutor Knapp announced the recent promotion of Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn, to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2014, SAP Schellhorn has worked as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and in the Franklin County (PA) Office of the District Attorney as an Assistant District Attorney. Throughout his time with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, he has been assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, the Fire/Environmental Unit, and the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. SAP Schellhorn will be supervising the Major Crimes Unit and will report to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Chris is an exceptional lawyer, whose efforts here have yielded many positive results. I am looking forward to his continued successes in serving the citizens of Morris County”.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotion

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes

Law enforcement officials from all 21 counties of New Jersey, including New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and all 21 County Prosecutors, met in Atlantic City this past weekend to further their legal education, as well as discuss ongoing issues throughout the state. The training program was held from November 18th through November 20th at the Borgata Hotel & Casino as part of the annual College of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (CPANJ).

Throughout the three days, fourteen Continuing Legal Education classes were available for attendees. Topics for these classes included Prosecutorial Ethics, Effective Trial Strategies, New Firearms Legislation, Victim’s Rights, and Implicit Bias. Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, John McNamara, Jr., served on a panel focused on trial strategies.

CPANJ also installed their Executive Board for 2018-2019 during the College. After serving the 2017-2018 term as President, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp has been succeeded by Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch as the CPANJ President. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri will serve as 1st Vice President, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez will serve as 2nd Vice President, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni will serve as Secretary, and Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina will serve as Treasurer.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “It was an honor to serve as the CPANJ President over the past year. We successfully accomplished many things throughout the State during that time, and I am looking forward to working with Prosecutor Koch during his tenure”.

2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
From left: Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.
2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch being sworn in as CPANJ President by NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
2018 Prosecutors’ College Convenes
County Prosecutors of New Jersey and Attorney General Grewal.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.