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A New Jersey police officer was arrested for allegedly running a meth lab at his home, prosecutors said.
Christopher Walls, 50, was taken into custody after colleagues from the Long Branch Police Department responded to a phone call about domestic disturbances at his home Saturday night, the county prosecutor said in a rush statement. . Monmouth Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
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While investigating the scene, another Walls resident told officers who responded that the 19-year veteran “was involved in suspicious drug activity,” Gramiccioni said.
After further investigation by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Hazardous Materials Unit, authorities found that “materials, chemicals and tools compatible with a methamphetamine laboratory in the basement of the residence and in a shed on the property, “the prosecutor said.
Authorities also said that Walls “had all the ingredients needed to make methamphetamine” and that investigators found residues of methamphetamine in the chemical glassware in his home.
“A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Department of Drugs and Professional Responsibility and the Long Branch Police Department revealed that Walls was in possession of books on the production of methamphetamine, explosives and poison,” the press release reads.
The walls also held a safe with two long pistols, four pistols, eight large-capacity magazines, and a large amount of ammunition officially available for a child who lived in the residence.
The officer was arrested Sunday for maintaining or operating a Controlled Hazardous Substances (CDS) manufacturing plant, possessing a second-degree firearm in a CDS offense, having a pervasive risk of injury, and causing harm to the well-being of a child. which produces a third year. CDS (methamphetamine) and has third degree CDS (methamphetamine).
Walls faces up to 60 years in prison if he is convicted of all of his charges.
According to online jail records, he is currently being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility without any connection.
It is not known whether an attorney has been appointed to speak on his behalf.
Long Branch Acting Police Chief Frank Rizzuto said Walls has been suspended from his post without pay since his arrest.
“Our agency officials risk their lives every day to protect and serve our residents,” Rizzuto said in a statement. “It is extremely disappointing that one of our officials could have endangered the safety of his family and neighbors by engaging in such dangerous behavior. The actions of this official do not reflect the moral compass of our officials or this agency. “