A 52-year-old Newark NJ man has admitted to supplying heroin to a Hopatcong NJ restaurant owner.
Authorities said that Frank L. Griffin sold heroin on a weekly basis to 55-year-old Jefferson NJ resident John Davieau, who owns the River Styx Grill. Mr. Davieau allegedly led a heroin distribution network in Morris County and Sussex County.
Mr. Griffin pleaded guilty in Morris County Superior Court to conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.
In court, Mr. Griffin said that Mr. Davieau usually called him every week to place an order for heroin. According to Mr. Griffin, Mr. Davieau would then drive his pick-up truck into Newark to acquire the heroin.
Mr. Griffin testified that Mr. Davieau typically purchased ten (10) bricks of heroin at a time.
In addition to Mr. Griffin’s incriminating testimony, two women who were heroin users identified Mr. Davieau as their supplier.
Under the terms of Mr. Griffin’s plea deal with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Griffin will be sentenced to six (6) years in NJ State Prison. He will not be eligible for parole for at least three (3) years. The plea agreement also calls for Mr. Griffin to forfeit two (2) motor vehicles used in the heroin trade.
Meanwhile, Mr. Davieau’s defense attorney said that Mr. Davieau is close to reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Admits Supplying Heroin to Hopatcong Restaurateur Accused of Leading Drug Rings.“