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Toms River, Seaside Heights Residents Face Drug Distribution Charges

Authorities say two were dealing drugs from Route 37 motel

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An investigation into drug dealing at a Toms River motel resulted in the arrest of two local residents, authorities announced.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office's Special Operations Group, Northern Enforcement Unit, arrested a Toms River man and a Seaside Heights woman on Tuesday who they say were dealing heroin and cocaine out of Room 18 at the Sun and Sand Motel on Route 37.

Based on an investigation conducted by members of the unit, detectives also identified a 2011 Buick Regal as being utilized to store and distribute narcotics.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, the detectives located the Buick as it left the area of the motel and traveled to the Shell gas station located on Route 37 and Fischer Boulevard, said Al Della Fave of the prosecutor's office. The detectives and members of the Toms River Police Department then executed a motor vehicle stop on the Buick, which was occupied by Damian Arena, 35, of Toms River and Jodi McConnon, 37, of Seaside Heights. as well as on the motel room and the Poe Avenue, Toms River, home of Arena, said Della Fave.

In all, police seized approximately 170 individual dosage units of heroin and under one ounce of cocaine, Della Fave said. Police also located drug paraphernalia, specifically several glass crack smoking pipes.

Arena, 35, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson Jr. set bail on Arena at $50,000 cash. Jail records showed Arena was not an inmate on Thursday.

McConnon, 37, of Hancock Avenue in Seaside Heights, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. McConnon was released on a summons.
i don't get it?? May 16, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Unfortunately but fortunately this is becoming a trend...maybe eventually these scumbags will catch on and move on...oh wait, Seaside Hts is on the other side of the bridge...they have a target
1stcav May 16, 2014 at 08:39 AM
It's the beginning of the summer , tourists and drugs , NJ & You go together for the summer..$$$$$ to be made by these low life's to kill our kids. Be alert and CALL the police if you see any drug activity while you try to enjoy your summer..Kudo's by all LE involved , keep it up ! Hammer down , full throttle..& lock'em all up !!
Marynary May 16, 2014 at 08:54 AM
The New prosecutor and chief of police are doing a much better job.
Justice for all May 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Waste of time. They could lock up 20 dealers everyday for the next 20 years still won't budge what they need to do is Stop it from the start. These pills There will always be drugs around but if nobody wants to use it they are worthless
Juliana Brady May 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM
All I can say is Losers!

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