Five people were charged with operating a drug manufacturing business out of a Morristown, NJ apartment.
Authorities conducted a months-long investigation into Morristown resident Jhana Wilfong, a man believed to have been importing and processing bulk amounts of cocaine.
The multi-agency operation was dubbed “Operation Splash Down,” in reference to Wilfong’s street nickname of “Splash.”
According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the office’s narcotics task force was able to infiltrate the operation with an undercover detective. Eventually, the detective got two of Wilfong’s alleged associates to sell him cocaine. Police said that the detective also got Wilfong to engage in multiple transactions near the apartment. In total, the detective allegedly purchased more than five ounces of bulk cocaine from Wilfong and his associates.
Police believe that Wilfong repackaged the cocaine and sold it within 500 feet of Manahan Village, a public housing complex in Morristown.
After being arrested, Wilfong was charged with cocaine distribution, endangering the welfare of a child, and child abuse because his infant child was present in the apartment while he allegedly processed and repackaged large amounts of cocaine. Wilfong could face enhanced penalties because he was already on court-supervised probation for previous drug-related offenses.
38-year-old Rosell, NJ resident Jetay D. Hutchins was also arrested. Hutchins is accused of providing Wilfong with bulk amounts of cocaine. Authorities are still looking for two men who were allegedly employed by Wilfong as street-level salesman.
Additionally, Tashai M. Davis, Wilfong’s girlfriend and the mother of his infant child, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Wilfong was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility after failing to post bail of $400,000.
Cocaine Distribution Charges in Morris County NJ
For more information, please see the NJ.com article entitled “5 Charged After Undercover Investigation into Morristown Man’s Alleged Cocaine Operation.”