Police: Worker at Carnival in Franklin Lakes Arrested on Heroin, Xanax Charges

Police were alerted to the carnival by a call of suspicious activity, cops said.

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As local residents were trying to win goldfish and oversized stuffed monkeys at a carnival in Franklin Lakes over the weekend, one of the attraction's workers was arrested on drug possession charges, borough police announced in a release Monday.

According to Franklin Lakes Detective Lieutenant John Bakelaar, police received a report at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday night of suspicious activity and possible drug use at the carnival being held on Franklin Lakes Road over the weekend. 

After an investigation into the complaint, one of the carnival's employee's, Nathaniel Oliver, 53, of Newark, was arrested and charged with possession of Heroin and possession of Xanax, police said.

Cops said they could not release specific details about the nature of the suspicious activity that prompted the call.

will June 23, 2014 at 03:09 PM
As a volunteer at the event, I can state that after 4 years of operating the event for the benefit of blind children and adults, we have never had any safety issues. It was unfortunate that an employee who was not operating any rides was involved in illegal drugs, however no customers or volunteers were involved, and were never at risk of harm.
Larissa Symbouras June 23, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Will, what charity does it benefit? I didn't realize that; I'd have made a greater effort to attend. Next year, definitely.
Steve Clarke June 24, 2014 at 09:43 PM
My family and I volunteered with many others for this most worthy cause. The Lions Clubs raise dollars for the sight impaired and have been a pillar of our communities for many years. They raise the monies to sponsor seeing eye dogs, send blind children to summer camp and give scholarships. The worker was with the traveling amusement vendor not any of the volunteers and was not dealing in drugs at the carnival. FYI- between the FL and Wyckoff Lions Clubs each year they donate over 30K to various charities.
TWP. Guy June 29, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Too bad a great cause had to be blemished. The article did state that the Police could not mention the suspicious call since it was probably a resident selling the dope to the worker. Lots of heroin going around in these affluent towns including Franklin Lakes. That's why police are issued anti overdose meds to their other arsenals.
Pascack Valley Resident June 30, 2014 at 09:11 AM
TWP. Guy is the only one who got the gist of the article. Heroin is making a HUGE comeback in N.J. Focusing on Bergen, the County cops and Sheriffs officers need to get a handle on the supply stream. Even those of us who don't have anything to do with heroin but know people who are hooked on it, know that most of its' coming from Paterson. I know someone who was going to nursing school who had an accident on a late October night, coming from Paterson to Fair Lawn. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what the heck this guy would be doing in Paterson late at night, being such a studious, clean cut type of guy. Duh! When a painkiller prescribed after an accident was no longer renewable, the guy turned to Heroin! This is an all-too-familiar story and it seems that enough people in the affluent towns where lots of heroin is going around know who's got it, so separate anonymous hotlines need to be set up to get this crap off our streets and out of our schools!!


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