Press Release


For Immediate Release:

May 3, 2023 

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of BRANDEN WILLIAMS (DOB: 11/30/1991; single; unemployed) of 596 River Road TH4, Edgewater, NJ; and MADALYN OHANIAN (DOB: 03/30/2000; single; babysitter) of 14 Ridgetop Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY, for operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility.  The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

On May 2, 2023, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force revealed that BRANDON WILLIAMS was distributing narcotics within Bergen County.  During the investigation, a search was conducted on WILLIAMS’ residence, revealing that WILLIAMS and MADALYN OHANIAN were operating and maintaining a drug production facility.  Detectives seized more than 25 pounds of marijuana, more than 25 pounds of hashish oil, psilocybin mushrooms, 181 Adderall pills, 58 Xanax pills, and $39,790.

As a result of the investigation, BRANDON WILLIAMS and MADALYN OHANIAN were arrested and both charged with first-degree maintaining or operating a premises, place or facility used for the manufacture of controlled dangerous substances, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4; first-degree possession with intent to distribute marijuana, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); first-degree possession with intent to distribute hashish oil, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(10)(a); and third-degree possession with intent to distribute psilocybin mushrooms, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(13).  WILLIAMS was also charged with third-degree possession of Adderall, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(13); third-degree possession of Xanax, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(13); and third-degree money laundering, N.J.S.A 2C:21-25a.  WILLIAMS and OHANIAN were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.    

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations, and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Edgewater Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.