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Flemington councilman charged with selling cocaine, methamphetamine to undercover cop


A Flemington Borough Town Council member stands accused of selling cocaine and methamphetamine to an undercover police officer on several occasions over the last two months.

Councilman Malik D. Johnston, aka Pippin J. Folk, 46, of Flemington, faces charges of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, according to a Friday statement from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson.

It reported that over the course of a joint investigation by the office’s Narcotics Task Force and the Flemington Borough Police Department, Johnston made a series of sales to the officer from December to early February in Raritan Township.

According to the statement, Johnston was in possession of additional quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine that he intended to distribute while in the Borough of Flemington.

“The joint investigation demonstrates the expertise and professionalism of Hunterdon County’s law enforcement community,” Robeson’s statement read. “Illegal drug manufacture and distribution continue to pose a significant threat to public health and safety, which will be detected and prosecuted according to law.”

Second-degree charges may result in criminal penalties including, but not limited to, a term of imprisonment between five and 10 years and a fine not to exceed $150,000, the statement said.

As of Friday, Johnston was lodged at the Warren County Correctional Center awaiting his first appearance in court. It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday when that appearance would take place.

Flemington Borough, Hunterdon County, Narcotics Investigations