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A Middletown Police raid a house in Port Monmouth yields arrests related to drug possession and distribution.

In a raid on a house in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown suspected of drug activity, police say they came upon a 2-year old child sleeping on a bed with 100 bags of heroin, knives under the mattress and hypodermic needles within reach. 

William and Jenna Connett, both age 35 and living in a house on Main Street in Port Monmouth are facing a slew of charges stemming from the raid, including drug possession, drug distribution, unlawful possession of a weapon and child endangerment. Both are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $315,000 bail each set by Monmouth County Judge Honora O'Brien Kilgannen. 

In an interview with APP.com, police spokesman Stephen Dollinger said the couple was making $10,000 a week selling heroin, and 17 officers were involved in the raid. 

Also arrested on May 28 was Wayne D. Battista, 38 of North Park Avenue in Hazlet, who is facing drug possession charges for being in possession of heroin packed in a straw. He is being held at the county jail on $10,000 bail.  

In the complaint signed by Middletown Det. Keith Hirschbein, William and Jenna Connett are both charged with being in possession of 117 bags of heroin, and having the intent to distribute it near Joseph Pacifico Park, a nearby park. They are also charged with possession of 8 Xanax pills, and conspiracy to distribute heroin in partnership with each other.

On the child neglect charge, police charge the couple with having the child sleep on a bed with 100 bags of heroin and knives located under the mattress and hypodermic needles there, and in the living room, within the child's reach. Both Connetts are charged with having two knives in his possession to protect the drug cache. 

The raid also turned up spoons and heroin wax and 16 hypodermic needles, say police. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Jessica Connett June 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM
you must be a very happy person since IGNORANCE is bliss! You weren't there,you don't know the stories behind the addicts,and you're an idiot to think they contributed because every single person is now getting their drugs from someone new. It's time to heal,be understanding and help this community get help."california"...I'm proud of my name,I'd never hide it.
Jessica Connett June 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM
And my "good" family was negatively effected too. It's complicated when people have a disease of drug addiction.Their daughter will be with them again at some point and the vette has been gone for years. I hope your anger subsides. I really am just trying to shed a different light on this,not take away the horror of it. They are suffering,no need to kick em when they're down.
california June 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM
I know they made a conscious effort to do exactly what theyve been doing for years now. Just because they finally got what was coming to them now you want to blame others for acknowledging that they have been a contributing part of the demise of this town and the people in it, among others. Glad to hear youre proud of your name, but you might feel differently when you meet the parents of a young person who was sold dope and then ruined their families lives. Proud to say my brother billy connett sold your kid heroin and they overdosed. Yea, that'd make me proud too honey. So because you say now everyone else gets their drugs from someone new, that makes it ok for what THEY did?? Youre obviously so deep in denial i pity you.
Joe June 10, 2014 at 02:22 PM
These two pieces of human debris should be charged with attempted murder and executed. The heroin they were intending to sell would have killed dozens of people. Drug dealers must get the death penalty if we are ever to get a handle on drug addiction.
Mrs M June 10, 2014 at 08:38 PM
FYI, they dont get it from someone new, they are ALL called runners!


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