Two homes in Toms River under surveillance recently for drug activity netted several arrests for prescription and illegal drugs.
Toms River Police Captain Steven Henry said one arrest in a school zone on Sept. 27 seized multiple kinds of drugs: heroin, oxycodone, marijuana, cocaine and more.
The Sept. 27 investigation focused on the Walnut Street Area, where Toms River Police were conducting a surveillance operation. Henry said police received multiple citizen complaints of drug activity.
Police conducted a traffic stop on Division Street, which lead to the arrest of the driver, John L. Williams, Jr., 46 of New Street.
Henry said police confiscated a variety of drugs: 95 oxycodone pills, six wax folds of heroin, 3 grams of crack cocaine, 3 grams of cocaine, two bags of marijuana, 11 xuboxone films and five Xanax. Henry said the street value of all the drugs was $3,750.
Williams was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and xanax. Williams was also charged with distributing controlled dangerous substance in a school zone. Bail was set at $150,000, no ten percent.
In another case, a two-month investigation culminated in a search warrant Sept. 21 on a Blossom Court home for alleged distribution of oxycodone, Henry said.
Police seized 155 pills of oxycodone and $1,340 in cash. Henry said the drugs had a street value of $4.650.
Police arrived at the home to arrest one occupant and a Toms River resident on charges of possession and intent to distribute. Henry said the arrest was without incident.
Nathaniel Mendoza, 36, of Bay Avenue, and Monica Herman, 26, of Blossom Drive, were charged with possession of oxycodone, and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession of marijuana. Mendoza was held at the Ocean County jail in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.
Both investigations were lead by the department’s Special Enforcement Team.
Henry said tips from residents aided the investigation.
"The assistance of the public in these types of investigations can never be understated," he said. "No one knows a neighborhood better than the residents themselves."
He urged citizens to call in suspicious activity to police headquarters at 732-349-0150.
"Taking that time, to make that call, regarding suspicious or suspected illicit activity, greatly enhances our abilities in addressing this and other criminal type behavior," he said.