Hopatcong – The co-owner of the new River Styx Grill, John A. Davieau, was one of seven individuals arrested and charged Tuesday evening with multiple counts of heroin possession and distribution in the borough, according to a press release issued by the Hopatcong Borough Police Department. Three other Hopatcong residents, Amanda Skinner, Rachael Dean and Joseph Pokrzywa were also charged with multiple accounts. The other individuals charged are from Roxbury, Andover and Newark.
Davieau also owns Royal Communications in Wharton, which supplies radio communication equipment to local law enforcement agencies throughout the area.
Acting on a tip received by the Hopatcong PD, police agencies led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s office and including Roxbury, Mount Arlington and Hopatcong, worked on the six-month long investigation, executing search warrants Tuesday evening, August 6, at the restaurant in Hopatcong and Royal Communications.
According to the press release, Davieau is “alleged to have imported more than 1,900 individual folds of heroin into Morris County for distribution during the investigation” and is charged with 90 counts of various drug charges that include conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, possession and distribution, and conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin within 500 feet of a public park. He is alleged to be the main distributor in the group of seven arrested. He is currently lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail.
“Tragically, Morris County has seen a significant increase of heroin related deaths. This investigation is a clear example of how the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, will aggressively pursue individuals who are bringing this poison into our communities. Our cooperative effort exemplifies the partnership between county and local authorities to prosecute offenders who are contributing to this heroin overdose epidemic,” said acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp in a statement issued early Thursday morning.
The restaurant remained closed on Thursday.