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Prosecutor: Former Cop, Gang Members Found Guilty After Major Racketeering, Drug, Weapons Bust

A jury returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday on most of the charges that a former Asbury Park police officer and a pair of criminal street gang members were facing during a trial of what was dubbed Operation Dead End that began in May, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Thursday.

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Prosecutor: ‘Operation Lights Out’ Gang Probe Results in 32 Arrests

A press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office …

An investigation launched earlier this year prompted by a spike in shootings in Long Branch, Asbury Park and Neptune Township, resulted in the arrests of members of a Long Branch-based “G-Shine” set of the Bloods criminal street gang along with gang associates.

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Prosecutor: Operation Justice Served Links 45 Area People to Drug Ring

A five-month undercover investigation involving the collaborative efforts of federal, state, county and local authorities dubbed Operation Justice Served has resulted in a Monmouth County grand jury returning on Thursday a 100-count indictment linking 45 area people to a Freehold-based drug distribution ring involving heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced.

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Police: Hit & Run Results in Cocaine, Weapons Bust

What started out as a hit-and-run accident in Middletown on Sunday ended in the arrest of two area people on weapons and cocaine possession charges as well as the unlawful taking of a vehicle.

The incident unfolded as police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 36 shortly after 8  a.m. to find that one vehicle had fled from the scene, according to a press release from Middletown police.

After locating the vehicle and launching an investigation, officers Bernie Chenoweth and Robert McNair arrested the driver and passenger, the release said.

The driver, Stevie A. Rocha-Hughes, 30, of Portland Avenue in Highlands was charged with: taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, unlawful possession of a handgun and various motor vehicle charges related to the incident, police said.

Her bail was set $ 5,000 with no 10 percent allowed. She was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

The passenger, Clifton J. Hughes, 38, of Portland Avenue in Highlands, was charged with possession of cocaine, police said.

His bail was set at $2,500 with no 10 percent option. He was also committed to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

Police Nab Alleged Bank Robber, Stalker, Burglar

The following recent arrests were  made and reported by Middletown police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• William Baner, 32, of Main Street in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Oct. 12 by Patrolman Adam Colfer and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

He was released after posting $12,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Christopher Gaul, 31, of Main Street in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, was arrested on Oct. 12 by Patrolman Adam Colfer and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released after posting $12,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Cameron Wood, 20, of Bay Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Oct. 13 by Patrolman Jesse Toma and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing the administration of law and eluding arrest.

He was held on $27,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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