Hanover police arrest two in hotel meth bust

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, and Hanover Police Chief Michael Loock announce the arrest of Barbara Maronpot, 67, and Christopher Gallaway, 48, both of Morristown, NJ following a narcotics investigation.

On November 24, 2021, the Hanover Township Police Department received information regarding a package received at a hotel within their jurisdiction. The package was addressed to the hotel and found to contain approximately five-hundred (500) grams of methamphetamine. The subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of an additional one thousand (1000) grams of methamphetamine and over two (2) ounces of GHB from two hotel rooms and a residence. As a result of this investigation, it was learned that Barbara Maronpot and Christopher Gallaway were the intended recipients for the package containing five hundred (500) grams of methamphetamine.

Maronpot and Gallaway were arrested and jointly charged with the following on complaint warrants:

• One count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S. 2C:35-5a(1)b(8);

• One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Five Ounces or More of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(8);


• One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute One-Half Ounce or More but Less than Five Ounces of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5a(1)b(9)(a);

• One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Less than One-Half Ounce of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5a(1)b(9)(b);

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• Three counts of Possession of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10a(1);

• One count of Conspiracy to Distribute GHB in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S. 2C:35-5.2;

• One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute GHB in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-5.2;

• One count of Possession of GHB in violation of N.J.S. 2C:35-10.2;

• Two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S. 2C:36-3.

Gallaway remains lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing. Maronpot was released by the Court pending trial.

This investigation, which resulted in the seizure of more than three (3) pounds of methamphetamine, was conducted by the Morris County Narcotics Task Force and the Hanover Township Police Department.

Additionally, Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Denville Police Department, the Bernards Township Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit for assisting during this investigation.

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