#parents | #teensvaping | Authorities: Plainfield Mom Left Teen Alone With Drugs; $20K, Cocaine Seized

A Plainfield mom left her daughter home alone with drugs, said authorities who arrested her along with another man and seized $20,000 in cash and cocaine.

Jerry Ross, 42, of Dunellen, and Nicole Moody, 35, of Plainfield, were both charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and two other drug-related offenses, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Moody is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for leaving her teenage daughter alone in a home with the drugs, authorities said.

After identifying Moody and Ross as local drug dealers, law enforcement agencies executed search warrants at their homes — Brokaw Boulevard in Plainfield and Kline Place in Dunellen, authorities said — around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office said.

The search warrants turned up 24 grams of cocaine and $20,237 in cash — along with related narcotics packaging and distribution materials, according to law enforcement.

Ross and Moody were arrested without incident and lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance to take place in Superior Court.

The investigation was driven by the Union County prosecutor’s newly-formed Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Unit. The Plainfield Police Division Narcotics Unit and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in executing search warrants.

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