Man Who Walked Into Wrong House Had Heroin, Cops Say

48-year-old Speedwell Avenue resident said he was looking for a friend who lived in a Mount Kemble Avenue boarding house, according to police.

What began as a case of simply being at the wrong address ultimately resulted in one Morristown resident's arrest on drug possession charges.

Kevin Cromwell, 48, of Speedwell Avenue, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe at about 6 p.m. Sept. 20.

According to Officer Brian LaBarre's report, police received a call from "The Wilson House"—a group home for young women on Mount Kemble Avenue—that an unknown individual had been wandering around the residence.

En route to the house, LaBarre spotted a man walking who fit the description provided and went to confront him, according to the report.

LaBarre spoke with the man, Cromwell, whom he knew from past encounters, according to the report. Cromwell told the officer he was looking for a friend who lived in one of the boarding houses on the street, but ended up in the wrong house, which matched the story provided by the residents who had reported the incident.

While the boarding house incident appeared to be a misunderstanding, Cromwell still was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of South Orange. While being searched, officers found a black film cannister containing what was described as "three druggist folds of a white, powdery substance believed to be heroin," according to LaBarre's report. A black bag Cromwell was carrying also contained three "Easy Touch" hypodermic syringes, police said.

Cromwell was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility on default of $5,000 bail.

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Patch Larue October 02, 2012 at 01:31 AM
hahaha. Another troubled man that we can all make fun of now. Great stuff Patch! Why not an article about our local politicians and if they have ever been arrested?
John Dunphy October 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
If it happened recently and not, say, 20 years ago, Honest Abe, we are certainly going to report it. If you have any information you would like to share, feel free to email me at john.dunphy@patch.com.
OIN 24 October 02, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Good job Brian! Be careful out there.
sabrina October 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
John, Can you please look into what is going on at 130 1/2 Speedwell Ave (Metro Shop)? If outside authorities are contacted this could be extremely embarrassing for Morristown.
John Dunphy October 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Sabrina (and others that have left messages on this site regarding this), Patch has looked into this and suggests contacting anyone you are in need of contacting if this is a legitimate issue. I am not sure what you are expecting Patch to do in this situation, but you are welcome to offer suggestions, preferably by email at john.dunphy@patch.com or by calling me at 973-380-3206.
sabrina October 02, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Shame on the Morristown Municipality for not doing anything about this and shame on you Dunphy. If it was your child that got caught up in this I know you would feel differently. A person in your position can very easily make a difference. Don't you feel some social responsibility? Why write about a 48 yr old loser when you can stop a 15 yr old from becoming one???????????
Moira October 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
What are you talking about?
Ryan October 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Almost every newspaper has a police blotter section that reports the exact same type of thing. It's news and it's local, so it goes on Patch.
goodfellahmoorella October 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hey Sabrina, take it down 1000. Poor John is not wearing a badge or a vigilante. His site is here to report the news my dear. I suggest you call your local authorities or send up the Bat Signal at the very least.
Sunny Day October 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The town of morristown has an anonymous "report it" feature on the website. You could use that and report it to the authorities. The state police has something similar I would guess.
anonymous motown resident October 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
If you're so concerned call the police. John Dunphy is not a police officer it is not his job to enforce the law. Your common sense seems to be in short supply: if you see suspicious or illegal activity call the police thats what they are here for, don't harass a local blogger to do the work of the police.
sabrina October 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
The police go there all the time and do nothing but call ambulances. 5 minutes after they leave the place is packed again.
Cara DePalma October 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Sabrina, if you see something happening with your own eyes, report it. To badger someone else to when there may be nothing to cause concern can put that other person in legal trouble for slander. And perhaps the 15 year-old's parents should be reponsible for him or her, not Mr. Dunphy.
goodfellahmoorella October 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
so you have been to this den of sin Sabrina? What is the dress code? Ed Hardy shirt gonna look fly on this guy!
motownjunky October 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Dunphy, quit deleting posts you don't agree with, or that make you look bad. That is not what this Patch is all about! People should be able to voice their concerns!
sabrina October 02, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Weird you can't expose anyone on Patch, even when its a store that sells drugs which ruin the lives of the children of Morristown. This place is right down the street from Morristown HS. Somebody high up must be getting a cut from this place
Leslie October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Sounds to me more like a smear campaign than an actual legitimate police issue. If there was something - like drugs - going on there, the police would be all over it. If there were ambulances there all the time, again the police would be very much involved. Sabrina, and all of the others who are complaining about this shop, if you are so concerned, and apparently have evidence (videos, etc... that have been brought up on this site) GO TO THE COPS. This is way too fishy to believe.


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