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Drug Raid Yields 4 Arrests at Charles Street Home, Police Say

Marijuana plants, growing materials, smoking devices and counterfeit money seized, according to police.

Kyle White (Photo: Hopatcong Police Department)
Kyle White (Photo: Hopatcong Police Department)
Four people were arrested Thursday following a drug raid of a Charles Street home, Hopatcong Police said.

According to Lt. Thomas Kmetz, police began investigating the home at 11 Charles St. after neighbors reported possible drug dealing at the residence.

A search warrant was executed Thursday and authorities seized marijuana plants, growing materials, smoking devices and "numerous" counterfeit U.S. currency bills in various denominations, Kmetz said.

Kyle White, 20, of 11 Charles St., was charged with fourth-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree employing a juvenile to distribute CDS, fourth-degree possession of marijuana and fourth-degree possession of CDS.

White was lodged at the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Paul Hiltz, 44, of 11 Charles St., was charged with possession of marijuana. Hiltz was released on his own recognizance.

Stephanie Talmadge, 18, of Hopatcong Street, was charged with possession of marijuana and being under the influence of marijuana. Talmadge was released on her own recognizance.

A 17-year-old was charged with possession of marijuana. The teen was lodged in the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.

The U.S. Secret Service in Morristown was contacted and will conduct an investigation into the counterfeit money, Kmetz said.

Roll Back Our Tax May 20, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Ron...I agree about the plant smokers and evidently there is some one in Hopatcong that needs marijuana for medicinal purposes and Christie does not support it... http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/chris_christie_says_he_does_support_bill_to_legalize_marijuana_in_nj.html .... Looks like more people will be moving out of New Jersey.
Tammy May 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Hi Ron-I agree with you about the "plant smokers". However, I'm sure they made living in the area very uncomfortable since they weren't just smoking. They were selling. That means cars coming and going at all hours. Cars that probably weren't in the best of shape-who can afford to fix a muffler when their bag of weed is empty. Cars driven by somebody who is probably stoned-don't let your kid in your front yard-that stoner might end up with their car on your front lawn. How about "Duuuude, this is my jam!!! Turn it up and we'll sit here until it's over"? I'm sure their neighbors didn't become "nosy" because everything was sunshine and roses in their neighborhood. They became "nosy" because it got to be annoying as hell.
genesko May 20, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Sorry plant lovers, but pot is still illegal in NJ. And clearly this little operation had nothing to do with medical uses. Move to Colorado and get your rocky mountain high there. And without starting a whole new arguement, pot IS as gateway drug and propensity for driving while under it's influence isn't making our streets any safer. Thank you concerned neighbor! You pay taxes too and have a right to a safe, peaceful and crime/drug-free neighborhood. I'm sick and tired of the "reputation" Hopatcong is has. We need to press hard and drive these low-lifes out. We will never get rid of all of it but for crying out loud, we can do better as a community.
Clay Thomas May 20, 2014 at 06:57 PM
It's really sad to see such young faces, and if convicted, they will have a criminal record that will adversely affect them forever. Don't get me wrong, I don't favor "all you need is a hug" if "you do the crime, you do the time" and that's the way it should be. Let them be a lesson for those who think they can get away with this kind of criminal behavior.
Emma May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Hopatcong has become a complete sewer. Crime and drugs, drugs and crime. I have decided to patronize NO businesses in the area. Forget it. I'll go elsewhere, anywhere. The stink from Hopatcong is everywhere.

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