A drug ring source responsible for distributing mass quantities of heroin and cocaine in the Bayshore area of Middletown, as well as spots in Middlesex County, has admitted to his part in the narcotics conspiracy, a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice said.Continue reading U.S. Attorney: Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Middletown Heroin, Cocaine Distribution Ring
As the result of a four-month-long investigation into heavy drug activity in Monmouth County, two area men and one woman were arrested on drug dealing and possession charges, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced on Friday.Continue reading Prosecutor: Three Arrested on Major Drug Dealing, Possession Charges After 4-Month Probe
The following September criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Fair Haven police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.
• An act of vandalism was reported on Sept. 8 after unknown juveniles reportedly shattered the glass door to the Fair Haven Community Center.
Patrolman Eric Patton took the report.
• Darrell Livingston, 52, of Red Bank, on Sept. 27 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), refusal to submit to a breathalyzer and other motor vehicle violations by Patrolman William Lagrotteria.
• While on patrol on Sept. 25, Sgt. Steven Schneider found two bicycles parked along a house under construction. While out investigating, he saw juveniles running away from the scene. Sgt. Schneider located several items left by the juveniles, including controlled dangerous substances (CDS/drugs). The juveniles were later identified and reports turned over to the juvenile division.
• Matthew J. Mago, 23, of Middletown, was arrested on Sept. 24 by Cpl. John Koetzner following a motor vehicle accident and charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute. He was also issued several motor vehicle summonses.
He was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold.
• Douglas Batting, 76, of Little Silver, was arrested on Sept. 13 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and other motor vehicle violations by Sgt. Jesse Dykstra.
• Anthony J. Valletta, 65, of Middletown, was arrested on Sept. 3 and charged with stealing items from the Wash House Laundromat by Detective Dwayne Reevey.
A 16-month narcotics trafficking investigation dubbed “Operation Finished Business,” culminated in charges being filed against 32 people connected to a large-scale heroin distribution ring in the Bayshore region of Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Continue reading Prosecutor: Heroin Trafficking Network Busted
A Monmouth County man has been indicted on charges in connection with the dealing of drugs that led to the May overdose death of a woman, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.
A Neptune man has been charged with selling a lethal combination of drugs that led to the May overdose death of a Long Branch woman, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Friday.
After a five-month investigation, three members of an area cocaine and heroin distribution ring were arrested during the last several days, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.
The following recent arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.
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.
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.
By Elaine Van Develde
If you think you’re in a cozy suburban bubble, protected from what authorities have coined a rampant opioid abuse epidemic, Fair Haven Police are set to burst it.
And the pin is poised for the pop, or at least a little deflation, tomorrow night when borough’s police join with CFC Loud N Clear Foundation (healingus.org) for an informational presentation, discussion and guest speaker about the abuse of opioids, in pill form as well as injectable heroin, and other substance abuse issues at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Knollwood School.
Police say they are committed to doing everything in their power to inform people of the harsh reality of especially opioids’ devastating effect on communities where people tend to think in insular terms, “Not here, not my kid,” Patrolman William Lagrotteria said.
“I hear it from the kids all the time and it’s very upsetting: ‘Hey, we live in the bubble. We have nothing to worry about.’ I always set them straight about that. They’re not protected from this. Not at all. It doesn’t matter that this is a more affluent area. It doesn’t matter that the addiction may not look as ugly as it does in a city, where people end up on the streets. It’s here, too, and it’s just as bad. It just doesn’t look exactly the same, or, rather it’s harder for some to see, maybe because they don’t want to.”
But, he added, if you are aware, and look close enough and pay close enough attention, you’ll see it and you can help conquer the heroin abuse problem. Though, he said, that’s not the only substance abuse problem in the area.
Monmouth County has been on alert to the pervasiveness of the heroin epidemic for several years now.
The Prosecutor’s Office has held forums at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH). Police are carrying Narcan to revive those who overdose.
And Thursday night, they are bringing information to the small-town local level about what’s been going on with respect to addiction, overdose and death statistics, categories of drugs and how to identify them, how to recognize signs of substance abuse and where to go for help and what to do in the first part of the forum, Lagrotteria said.
The second portion will feature speaker Lynn Regan, mother of a recovering addict and founder of CFC Loud N Clear Foundation.
“We’d really like to see a lot of people come out for this,” Lagrotteria said. “It’s such a critical issue and we really want to help. Please join us.”
A senior member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties as well as elsewhere in New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.