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Undercover Investigation Leads To Drug Distribution Bust At Cranford Residence

The following information was obtained from the Cranford Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The Investigative Division of the Cranford Police Department conducted a month-long investigation that resulted in narcotics charges being filed against a local woman.

The investigation began in July of 2012 when Detective John Swandrak obtained information that a suspect living in Cranford was distributing marijuana from her home. A detailed undercover investigation began which included undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering by Detectives within the Investigative Division. Ultimately, a search warrant was issued by a Union County Superior Court Judge and on Aug. 22, members of the Cranford Police Department served that warrant.

Upon service of the warrant at an Elm Street home, more than five ounces of marijuana, narcotic paraphernalia, an amount of U.S. currency and a 2010 Mazda 3 were confiscated from the residence. Arrested in connection to this investigation was Kendra Sweet, 20, of Cranford. She was charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school (Lincoln Ave School), both third degree crimes. Charges also include possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), possession of pills without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia, which are disorderly persons offenses. Sweet was released on her own recognizance.

Cranford Police Chief Eric G. Mason acknowledged the effort put forth on this
investigation.

"The sale of narcotics to young people in Cranford will not be tolerated. The Cranford Police Department remains vigilant in the eradication of narcotics
possession and distribution in Cranford," Mason said.

All charges against Sweet are pending in New Jersey Superior Court in Union County.

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