John Butterfield, 55, was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession with intent to distribute, possession of more than half an ounce of the controlled dangerous substance, possession within a school zone and possession within 500 feet of a public library.
Butterfield was charged after Investigator Joseph Celentano and members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force obtained a warrant allowing them to search Butterfield’s home, Carey said.
Shotguns, handguns, rifles and two silencers were among the weapons investigators uncovered in Butterfield’s home, Carey said. Investigators also uncovered 78 grams of methamphetamines they estimated was worth about $16,000, and an undetermined amount of gunpowder, according to Carey.
He was also charged with violating a law that prohibits convicted felons from owning weapons, and 31 counts of unlawful possession of each weapon.
In 1990, Butterfield was one of five men convicted in a large-scale methamphetamine ring, according to philly.com. Butterfield was sentenced to one year, nine months in prison for his part in an operation in which the two primary defendants were convicted to 19 and 15 years in prison, respectively.
Finally, he was charged on Thursday with two counts of owning silencers and three counts of owning hollowed-out bullets. He was charged with risking widespread damage or injury by possessing gunpowder.
“The primary goal of our task force, which targets illegal drugs, guns, and gangs activity, is to ensure the safety of the residents of Middlesex County through the seizure of illegal weapons and drugs,” Carey said in a prepared statement. “This significant seizure, which took place near both a school and a library, has demonstrated our commitment to that goal.”
Butterfield was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $750,000 bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Celentano of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3652.