Branchburg man accused of using child in drug scheme

Police in Sparta say a man arrested on drugcharges traveled with a 5-year-old child to try to avoid suspicion and hid packets of heroin in

SPARTA - Police in Sparta say a man arrested on drugcharges traveled with a 5-year-old child to try to avoid suspicion and hid packets of heroin in the child's toy bag.

Authorities arrested Christopher Ennis, 31, of Branchburg on Saturday night after police pulled him over for having an expired inspection sticker.

The officers found 500 bags of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia in a black gym bag filled with children's toys during a search of his SUV.

Ennis has been charged with drug possession and using a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme. He's being held at the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail. The child was taken into protective custody. Cops also arrested Alexander Dewar in connection to the incident. Authorities say he had a heroin wrapper near his feet and was driving with a suspended license.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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