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East Windsor Police: 3 Drug Offenses in 1 Week

Three men were arrested in East Windsor Township within one week, police said.

The East Windsor Police Department has reported three drug offenses in the Township in the first week of January. There was one heroin possesion charge and two people arrested on marijuana possession.

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On Jan. 3, police arrested Andrew Gottfried of the Wynbrook West apartment complex for allegedly being in possession of heroin. Gottfried, 19, was charged with heroin possession and being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Philip Melhorn were sent to the area to investigate a complaint about a suspicious person who may have been using drugs in the parking lot of the Wynbrook West complex, according to police.

Gottfried was found slumped against the driver's door of a motor vehicle when police arrived. Melhorn observed a hypodermic needle and several open packages of heroin in a small bundle. Gottfried was arrested and later released pending court action.

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Torrance Hurtault, 23, of Cliffwood was arrested about 4:05 p.m. on Jan. 6 and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two motor vehicle violations Officer Joseph Amejka observed Hurtault’s 2000 Infiniti traveling on One Mile Road with an expired inspection sticker.

When Amejka initiated a traffic stop he smelled an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Upon investigation, Amejka found two marijuana cigarettes in Hurtault's possesion. Additionally, Hurtault had a suspended license. He was arrested and later released after posting bail on an outstanding warrant issued by East Windsor Municipal Court.   

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East Windsor resident Shane Albert Morris, 19, was arrested on Jan. 4 at 4:20 p.m. and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams after Officer Joseph Carabelli observed  a 2005 Subaru, in which Morris was a passenger, traveling east on Route 33 with an expired inspection sticker.

The vehicle was stopped on Lake Drive. The officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Investigation revealed that one of the passengers, Morris, of Bennington Drive, was in possession of a bag of marijuana.  He was arrested and later released pending court action.

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Note: The preceding arrest information was supplied by the police department of East Windsor Township. It does not indicate a conviction.

JP Gibbons January 15, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Some of us find it hard to understand why young people do not believe they will be held accountable and then articles like this appear and explain why. All three are found in vehicles under the influence of controlled substances. Gottfried was found slumped against the driver's door of a motor vehicle when police arrived. He was charged with heroin possession and being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Gottfried was arrested and later released pending court action. Hurtault is found with two marijuana cigarettes in his possession. Additionally, he had a suspended license. He was arrested and later released after posting bail on an outstanding warrant issued by East Windsor Municipal Court. Morris was in possession of a bag of marijuana. He was arrested and later released pending court action. Laws are passed, millions of dollars are spent educating the youth on the laws and negative impacts. Then their friends tell them that getting caught is no BIG deal and articles like this appear to support their friends. The police did their job and caught them but the system told them to release each once bond was posted. I wonder what their friends would be saying if they spent 24 hours in a cell before they could post bond? I think it would be very worthwhile to follow up of each of these and let the public know what the final outcome is. Who is correct the friends with no big deal or the drug prevention efforts.
HEWresident January 17, 2013 at 06:00 PM
More tax money wasted on arresting young people with plant. Sad.
Jake January 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Because our justice system is based upon presumed innocence until a trial is held. Locking people behind bars for marijuana possession is uttterly ridiculous. Being under the influence while driving, now that's a different story. You should be held until you are sober.
Robby C March 16, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Andrew was found dead in dorm 9am today
Robby C March 16, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Andrew was found dead this morning, 9 am. In his Rutgers dorm room.
Parisia March 16, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Andrew one of the young men in question passed today :( He died in his dorm at Rutgers, New Brunswick around 9:20AM. An autopsy is pending.
BD March 16, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Andrew Gottfried was found dead in his dorm on Cook Campus on Friday morning, March 15, 2013.

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