FRANKLIN, NJ – Following multiple complaints of narcotics activity in the Borough near and around Main Street and Hillside Estates the Franklin Borough Police conducted a narcotics investigation.
Residents complained of what appeared to be multiple narcotics transactions occurring around both areas.
On October 14, 2015, Franklin Detectives stopped, within 1000 of a school zone, a vehicle driven by Ms. Teresa A. Nussbaum, 45, of Franklin Borough NJ, who was considered a suspect in the investigation. During the Detectives initial interaction with Ms. Nussbaum she was alleged to reach into her pants to hide what was allegedly found to be heroin in a body cavity.
Following a search of Ms. Nussbaum’s vehicle and residence, investigators seized thousands of dollars of heroin, cocaine, thousands of dollars of oxycodone, Percocet, Roxicodone pills, and marijuana. Ms. Nussbaum was further found to be in possession of packaging material which is commonly used to package and re-sell heroin and other narcotics. Ms. Nussbaum is alleged to have been selling heroin and other narcotics in and around the Franklin Borough area.
During the investigation Ronald W. Sahli, 47, of Franklin NJ was also allegedly found to have been in possession of heroin and tampered with the evidence, specifically heroin, by attempting to destroy it with the intent to interfere with an investigation. He is alleged to have threw narcotics into a toilet bowl as detectives were making contact with him in his residence. Mr. Sahli was also found to be a certain persons under New Jersey Law, barred from owning or possessing a weapon. The investigation resulted in the seizure of two firearms from Mr. Sahli’s residence.
Ms. Nussbaum was charged with Distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin within a school zone, possession of heroin and multiple other narcotics offenses. She was transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail with no ten percent option.
Mr. Ronald Sahli was charged with narcotics offenses, tampering with evidence, and certain persons not to possess weapons. He was transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $16,000 bail with no ten percent option.
The investigation is ongoing.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.