Prosecutor: Area Man Gets 12 Years for 2023 Cocaine Dealing, Possession

An area man was sentenced 12 years in state prison for possession of and dealing cocaine in stemming from a 2023 drug bust, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Tuesday.

On Monday, Jan. 29, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill O’Malley, Tyheim McGhee, of Asbury Park, was sentenced to the 12 years on the charges of: first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute in excess of five ounces; second-degree distribution of more than ½ ounce of cocaine; third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

McGhee pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

The charges stem from a cooperative investigation involving detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Task Force, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, in February and March 2023.  During the investigation, McGhee sold more than ½ ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer on four separate occasions. 

The investigation culminated when members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, and Asbury Park Police Department, executed a search warrant on McGhee’s Borden Avenue residence on March 24, 2023. During the search, police recovered more than five ounces of cocaine as well as paraphernalia used in the distribution of narcotics.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office