Long Branch, NJ — New Jersey police stations are upset following the arrest and suspension of one of the officers for many years. Prosecutors said the stimulant lab was found in his home..
Christopher Walls, a 19-year veteran of the Longbranch Police Station, faces several crimes related to the manufacture and operation of methamphetamine production facilities. He also faces accusations related to endangering the possession of guns and the welfare of children. Walls is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.
“It’s still a kind of shock for all of us.” Thomas Shea, a retired interior commander of the city, said.. “After working with a man for 15 or 16 years, it doesn’t make sense.”
Police were called to a 50-year-old policeman’s house on Saturday night for domestic violence. While there, residents told police that Walls was involved in “suspicious drug activity.” According to the Monmouth County Public Prosecutor’s Office..
Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher J. Gramicchoni responded to Walls at home shared by police dangerous goods units with his wife and children, and is commonly found in the Methamphetamine Institute in the Walls basement and on-site huts. He said he discovered the chemicals, materials and equipment used. Sunday news release..
According to prosecutors, the Dangerous Goods Unit also found methamphetamine residues in facilities and laboratory glassware related to the production of methamphetamine, explosives and toxicants.
The prosecutor also said he found a “wide open, unsafe gun vault” in the house, even though the child lived in the house. Inside the vault were two long guns, four pistols, eight large magazines, and ammunition.
Frank Ritzt, deputy chief of the Longbranch police, suspended Walls unpaid.
“Our agency police officers endanger our lives every day to protect and serve our inhabitants,” Rizzuto said. Said in a statement.. “It is immeasurable that one of our police officers was able to jeopardize the safety of his family and neighbors by engaging in such dangerous acts.”
City police chief applies for disciplinary action and moves to the firewall of Mayor Longbranch John Palon said in a statement..
“The city does not have a tolerant policy against illegal acts by police officers,” Paron said in a statement. “They must be kept to the highest standards.”
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Walls will face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of running a stimulant lab.
Police chief Domingos Sardida said Wells’ arrest did not endanger his case and “has nothing to do with what he was working on.” Sardida refused to discuss the details of the case and further discuss Wells.
When asked if the department would make changes in response to the arrest, he said, “We will.”
Methamphetamine chemicals are easy to do Ignition or explosion Incorrect storage or handling, according to the US Department of Justice.
“Thanks to the swift action of our office, the Long Branch Police Station, and the New Jersey State Police, a very serious risk to public safety has been avoided,” Gramiccioni said. “The collaborative efforts of our agency have dismantled a very dangerous situation. It is especially disastrous that this danger was caused by law enforcement officers who swore.”
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This article was originally published in Asbury Park Press. New Jersey police officer charged with running a stimulant lab from home