HUNTERDON COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE OPERATION DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN NABS 13 FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, and Hunterdon County Chief of Detectives
John J. Kuczynski have announced the culmination of an undercover operation by the Hunterdon
County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force. In response to the ever increasing number of
overdoses, including 15 deaths so far in 2017, the operation specifically targeted individuals
distributing heroin and other illegal narcotics in Hunterdon County. The joint investigation
included detectives from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force, the New Jersey
State Police, Clinton Township Police Department, Raritan Township Police Department,
Readington Township Police Department and Flemington Borough Police Department to arrest
eleven individuals for narcotic distribution charges.


Jordan Wideman, age 21, of Flemington, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of a Prescription Legend
Drug.
Eric Cruse, age 53, of Flemington, NJ, was arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute a Prescription
Legend Drug.
Jerry Mills, age 38, of Flemington, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of Heroin and Distribution of a
Prescription Legend Drug.
Michael Pillar, age 48, of Whiting, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of a Methamphetamine.
Ernest Mittasch, age 47, of Frenchtown, NJ, was arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute
Methamphetamine.


Samantha Miles, age 35, of Bloomsbury, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of Cocaine.
Melissa Kostka, age 37, of Bloomsbury, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of Oxycodone,
Distribution of Cocaine within a Public Park and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Kenyatta Rodgers, age 31, of Bloomsbury, NJ, Distribution of Cocaine.
Cherrelle Cooper, age 26, of Flemington, NJ, Distribution of MDMA.
Lisa Vargas, age 34, of Flemington, NJ, was arrested for Distribution of Marijuana.
Rashawn Gaines, age 26, of Flemington, NJ, was arrested on three counts of Distribution of Heroin.
Two additional individuals have been charged and are still being sought:
Kenneth Wideman, age 27, of Flemington, NJ, was charged with Distribution of Imitation Crack
Cocaine.


Donte Spence, age 20, of Allentown, PA, was charged with two counts of Distribution of Heroin.
Prosecutor Kearns stated, “Overdose deaths are rising at alarming rate in Hunterdon County and
across our nation. The heroin epidemic continues to take lives, destroy families and impact
government and healthcare services. While we have learned that this isn’t a problem that can be
fought on the law enforcement front alone, we will continue to work with our local and state law
enforcement partners to track down and arrest those that sell illegal narcotics.”
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