(Full article from Mount Olive Chronicle) MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – The owner of one of Morris County’s largest police communications dealers has been arrested on charges of selling heroin and officials are trying to make sure their communications systems are safe.
John A. Davieau, owner of Royal Communications Co. of Wharton, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with 103 counts that include heroin possession and distribution in Newark, Hopatcong, Roxbury and Parsippany.
Davieau, who also owns the River Styx Grill in Hopatcong, remained held on $150,000 bail.
Royal Communications installs and supplies law enforcement agencies around the state with radios and antennas. Included among his current clients are Mount Olive, and the Morris County Sheriff’s office, prosecutor’s office, park police and administration vehicles.
Mount Olive Business Administrator Sean Canning said he has asked Police Chief Mark Spitzer to ensure that Davieau is not directly involved with installing equipment and has no direct access to police information.
“I would think we would keep the contract with the caveat that the owner can’t see any sensitive information,” Canning said.
Canning, a former police chief in Lincoln Park, said Royal Communications is one of three major police communications suppliers in the county. The others are Warner Communications in Montclair and ESS in Nutley.
Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury also said at a bail hearing on Thursday, Aug. 8, that Davieau likely laundered illegal proceeds through the legitimate companies.
As part of the charges against Davieau, the Morris County Prosecutor also has filed forfeiture action to seize the River Styx Grill; a 2011 black Chevrolet Colorado which is registered to Royal Communications, and a 2008 silver Dodge Durango registered in Davieau’s name.