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Local N.J. Official Indicted on Charges of Selling Drugs

A Flemington borough councilman charged with selling drugs to an undercover police officer earlier this year has been indicted, authorities said Friday.

Malik Johnston, 46, was indicted Thursday on charges of distributing and possessing cocaine and methamphetamine, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Also known as Pippin J. Folk, Johnston allegedly sold the drugs to the cop in January and February in Raritan Township. He was also in possession of drugs in Flemington, officials said.

The Democratic councilman, whose term expires at the end of the year, has ignored repeated calls from fellow council members to resign. He has not spoken publicly about the charges.

Johnston’s biography has been removed from the borough website, though he is still listed as a council member.

The Hunterdon County law firm representing Johnston didn’t immediately return a call from NJ Advance Media seeking comment.

In March, Flemington Mayor Marcia Karrow said that borough attorney Chris Corsini told the council it can’t remove an elected official who continues to attend meetings and serve as liaison on committees they have been appointed to. A recall election is the mechanism used to remove an elected official in New Jersey.

Source : nj.com