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River Styx Grill Owner Supplied Us Heroin, Admitted Drug Users Testify

John Davieau is accused of leading a drug ring that brought more than 1,900 folds of heroin into Morris and Sussex counties over at least six months.

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Two women admitted they were heroin addicts in state Superior Court in Morristown Wednesday, and pointed to River Styx Grill owner and Jefferson resident John A. Davieau as their drug dealer, the Daily Record reported.

Hopatcong resident Rachael Dean, 30, and Maria McHugh, 28, of Ledgewood, each pleaded guilty in July to a charge of conspiracy to possess heroin. Dean testified under oath that Davieau's supply allowed her to take a minimum of 20 folds of heroin every day over eight months. She said she met with the restaurant owner, 55, in numerous sites in Morris and Sussex counties, the article said. McHugh said she dealt with him once in Roxbury.

Davieau and six others were charged Aug. 6 with drug offenses; the restaurant owner—who has put the River Styx Grill up for sale—faces nearly 100 counts, including distribution and conspiracy. Free on $150,000 bail, the man gave up his ownership in Royal Communications, which serves New Jersey law enforcement agencies, the article said. Officials allege that Davieau led an operation that brought more than 1,900 individual folds of heroin into Morris and Sussex counties over at least six months. 

Dean’s plea deal will allow her to apply for the Morris County Drug Court program, which can keep her out of prison if she complies with stringent rules. If she is rejected, the article said, she could receive up to three years behind bars. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office recommended probation, 50 hours community service and possible drug treatment for McHugh. The article added that the two will be sentenced in December or January. Davieau's next court date at the Morristown courthouse is Nov. 13.

Lake Resident October 31, 2013 at 01:25 PM
'Dean testified under oath that Davieau's supply allowed her to take a minimum of 20 folds of heroin every day over eight months." And "she is applying for the Morris County Drug Court program which can result in keeping her out of prison." OMG - That is over 600 a month and for 8 months!!! UNREAL!
speedyspeed October 31, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Lake Resident, unreal is right. The legal system is broken. Her testimony is likely not much more info than investigators would have uncovered on their own, yet because she gave information she gets to walk with a slap on the wrist. We will see her name in the police blotter again, just like all the other revolving door criminals in Hopatcong.
Lake Resident October 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM
TOTAL Understatement speedyspeed... Even offering a deal to a heroin dealer for so many months of distributing and exposing this dangerous disgusting drug into our community . It makes my stomach turn...
Eyeballs October 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM
prison is cheaper... drug treatment is a waste of time... lock them up for decades... save money...
Roseanne Marie S. October 31, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Lake resident I agree with you. No dealer should get drug court or PTI for that matter. But I think she is only charged with possession and not dealing which may explain drug court. In my opinion drug court is not stringent enough to stop an addict from using. There are so many ways to keep using and not get caught. ... The only way they have a shot at staying clean is to enter a long term treatment facility. I'm sure their are some addicts that stay clean because of drug court or outpatient treatment without ever relapsing. But they are few and far between. You can't force an addict to stop using drugs they have to want it for themselves. Most people who truly want to stop using don't wait for drug court to force them into treatment, they usually do it voluntarily.... I have seen what an 18 month inpatient program can do for an addict, and the end result can be nothing short of amazing.
Lake Resident November 01, 2013 at 09:46 AM
They are all being charged with conspiracy, possession & distribution as well as so many other counts.
Just4myboys November 02, 2013 at 06:16 AM
I understand that drugs are a big problem in this town...But until you have a loved one that has this addiction, no one will understand how hard it is for the person & their family to deal with this problem. It's an on going problem for all involved. It's hard to see the person that you love so much go through this and not be able to do a thing about it until the person is ready to get the help they need. Unfortunately they need to hit rock bottom to realize they need help. This can take many attempts at rehab before they finally realize that their life is more important then any drug. Drug court is there because they realize that addicts need help not jail! If they don't comply there are consequences. So please don't sit in judgement of these people because of their addictions.
Eyeballs November 02, 2013 at 03:12 PM
republicans are tough on crime... liberals like to see criminals on the street... please vote republican only... thank you...
Lake Resident November 02, 2013 at 03:17 PM
You have your opinion and I have mine. I know very well about heroin addiction as I once "HAD" a loved one .
Eyeballs November 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
the solution is simple... throw the partisan democrats out and vote republican... thank you for your vote...
Hop-at-cong November 05, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Eyeballs, get a clue. This town is run by Republicans, and has been for a very long time. So why is crime in Hopatcong getting worse?

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