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PROSECUTOR’S SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP JOINS FORCES WITH BERKELY TOWNHIP & LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP POLICE IN LATEST DRUG INVESTIGATION

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and Little Egg Harbor Township Chief Richard Buzby announced today the culmination of an investigation into drug activity in the Southern Ocean County area.

Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Northern Enforcement Unit conducted a cooperative investigation with the Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit that resulted in the arrest of three Ocean County residents on various drug charges.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, as a result of a month long investigation, members of the partnering agencies established stationary / mobile surveillance in the area of the 2 Hannah Place, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey in preparation to execute a court authorized search warrants for the residence and a vehicle, described as a black 2001 Ford Taurus.  Prior to the execution of the search warrant, investigating Detectives observed a vehicle arrive at the target residence and observed what appeared to be a narcotics related exchange between the operator of the vehicle and Brandon Marino.  As the vehicle departed from the residence, investigating Detectives maintained constant surveillance of the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey.  As a result of a Consent to Search of a white Ford Mustang, investigating Detectives seized approximately $2700 in U.S currency.  The operator of the Mustang was identified as Patrick Farrell.

Additionally, investigating Detectives observed Marino exit the target residence and depart the area in the black Ford Taurus.  A motor vehicle stop was initiated by Little Egg Harbor Police Department, at which time both Marino and the vehicle was secured and transported back to the residence.  Upon arrival at the residence, investigating Detectives executed the search warrant on the target residence.  Upon searching the residence, quantities of cocaine, marijuana, U.S currency and paraphernalia were seized.

As a result of the above information Marino, Farrell and Leighann Brown were placed under arrest and transported to the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department where they were processed and subsequently released from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department pending future court proceedings.  During processing additional information was developed indicating Farrell was in possession of additional quantities of marijuana and U.S currency at his residence located at 249 Division Lane, Berlin, New Jersey.  After a consent to search Farrell and Brown were transported to their residence of 249 Division Lane, Berlin, New Jersey.  Members of the Berlin Township Police Department arrived to assist.  As a result of the search of the residence, Investigating Detectives seized additional quantities of marijuana, THC wax, THC brownies, U.S currency and drug paraphernalia.

As a result, Brandon Marino, 22, of Berlin, NJ, was charged with the following:

  • Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute (over one (1) ounce or more of marijuana), Possession of CDS (marijuana over 50 grams), Possession of CDS (under ½ ounce of cocaine), and Possession of drug paraphernalia

Patrick Farrell, 21, of Berlin, NJ, was charged with the following, per the investigation in Little Egg Harbor:

  • Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute (over one (1) ounce or more of marijuana), Distribution of CDS (over one (1) ounce or more of marijuana), Possession of CDS (marijuana over 50 grams). Additional charges for Berlin Township Investigation are pending presentation to the Grand Jury.

Leighann Brown, 19, of Berlin, NJ, was charged with the following, per the investigation in Little Egg Harbor:

  • Conspiracy to Possess CDS with Intent to Distribute (over one (1) ounce or more of marijuana). Additional charges for Berlin Township Investigation are pending presentation to the Grand Jury.

All three subjects were released from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department pending future court proceedings.  The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that these defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR MAN CHARGED IN ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

​Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Chief Richard Buzby today announced the arrest of Christopher Wilson, 20, of Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ, for 2nd degree Attempted Sexual Assault and 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

​The arrest stems from an investigation by Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit Detective Stephanie Bayha and Little Egg Harbor Township Police Detective Joel Mahr. The partnering agencies’ investigation, which began in December of 2016, alleges that Wilson offered the 12 year old female victim a gaming system in return for sexual favors.

​Yesterday (1/19), Sr. Assistant Prosecutor Christine Lento approved the above charges and Christopher Wilson was arrested. Nicole’s Order (No contact with victim) was implemented by Judge Patricia B. Roe J.S.C. and Wilson was housed in the Ocean County Jail. As of 01-01-2017, under the new bail reform law there is no monetary bail. The defendant is being detained at Ocean County Jail pending further court action.

​The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

CHRISTOPHER WILSON

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Robbery At Gun Point South Toms River PD/OCPO Seek Tips

The attached surveillance video was captured on the evening of January 5th as the Delta gas station located on Dover Road in South Toms River was robbed at gun point. We ask anyone with information to please contact South Toms River Police Detective Mike Schneidt at 732-349-6914 x117.

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Plumsted Township Event

Today (8/25) just after 10 am the Plumsted Police Department received reports of a domestic at a residence on Evergreen Road. Upon their arrival they found evidence of an altercation and a possible barricaded suspect within the home. Police are on scene and have the residence secured and suspect contained. This is a developing event and there is nothing more to report at this time. We ask all media and public to refrain from visiting the area until the event is resolved.

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ARREST IN ILLEGAL POSSESSION/SALE OF FIREARMS INVESTIGATION

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Stafford Township Police Chief Joseph Giberson announced today the arrest of Dennis Ayala, 56, of Manahawkin, NJ. Ayala was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession/Sale of a Firearm, and Pawnbroker Selling Firearms. The Honorable Superior Court Judge Patricia Roe, J.S.C. set bail at $150,000 no ten percent.

Detectives from the Stafford Township Police Department along with members of the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Southern Enforcement Unit conducted a seven month cooperative multi agency undercover investigation into the illegal sale of firearms as well as illegal fencing of stolen property from a pawn shop known as Shore Discount Bedding/Shore Gold and Pawn located at 440 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ. The investigation, which involved the illegal sale of a firearm as well as numerous undocumented pawn transactions, led the partnering agencies to the home of Dennis Ayala, 433 Mermaid Avenue in Manahawkin. Detectives previously identified Mr. Ayala as the owner and operator of Shore Gold and Pawn.

During the early morning hours of Wednesday July 22, 2015, Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Southern Enforcement Unit, along with members of the Stafford Township Police Department located Mr. Ayala while operating a black 2010 Ford Expedition in the Ocean Acres section of Stafford Township. A motor vehicle stop was conducted on the Expedition and Mr. Ayala was placed under arrest on the above weapons charges. Detectives executed search warrants on the Expedition, Ayala’s Mermaid Avenue residence, and Shore Discount Furniture & Bedding/Shore Gold & Pawn at 440 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin. As a result of the investigation and the execution of the search warrants, police seized quantities of anabolic steroids, three handguns – specifically a .38 caliber revolver, which was found to be stolen, two semi-automatic 9mm handguns along with assorted handgun ammunition. Police also seized approximately $5000 in suspected illegal proceeds. During the course of the investigation the 2010 black Ford Expedition which was identified as being used to facilitate the illegal activities of Mr. Ayala was seized pending forfeiture actions.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests and charges are expected. The lead investigator is Det. Stephen Fessler of the Stafford Township Police Department. Anyone with information concerning illegal activities at Shore Discount Furniture and Bedding/Shore Gold and Pawn are asked to call Det. Fessler at 609-597-1189 Ext. 8447.

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Dennis Ayala Mug

 

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LAKEWOOD MAN SENTENCED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

Defendant David Jusino, 23, of Lakewood was sentenced today (1/30) before Judge Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C. to a total of 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, concurrent to 5 years with a No Early Release stipulation, Megan’s Law Registration, Nicole’s Law (No Contact) and Parole Supervision for Life.

The sentence stems from a guilty plea by Jusino to two (2) counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault under 2C:14-2b.  He was found not to be a repetitive and compulsive offender after an AVENEL evaluation.  The underlying conduct occurred in Toms River in the summer of 2013 and involved inappropriate sexual conduct with two (2) juvenile victims (both 11 at the time).

The victims and their families were present in court for the sentencing with support from OCPO Victim Witness Advocate Debra Giordano.  The Case was investigated by OCPO Special Victims Unit Det. Lindsay Woodfield.  Senior Assistant Prosecutor Terry Ann Linardakis prosecuted the case.

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Sentencing in Sexual Assault Case

It is only fitting that a sexual assault defendant was sentenced on the day that Ocean County’s newly renovated Children’s Advocacy Center (TINA’S HOUSE) was being dedicated to the memory of Detective Tina Rambo.

Defendant Oscar Cordero-Quintero, 39, of Tuckerton was sentenced today to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison under the No Early Release Act on a charge of 2nd Degree Attempted Sexual Assault, concurrent to 3 years in New Jersey State Prison for 3rd Degree Endangering to include Megan’s Law Registration, Parole Supervision for Life, Nicole’s law (No contact with victim) and all mandatory fines and penalties.  Bottom line the defendant will serve 85% of the five year sentence before being eligible for parole.

Cordero-Quintero was convicted after a jury trial held in March 2014 of both counts of the indictment.  The victim was 8 years old at the time of the underlying incident which occurred between June and December of 2012.  The defendant attempted to kiss with an opened mouth the juvenile victim who was known to him.  Additionally, the defendant un-zippered the victim’s pants prior to the victim being able to leave the defendant’s presence.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Terry Ann Linardakis was responsible for the trial prosecution.  The case was investigated by Officer Joseph Luna of the Tuckerton Police Department and Ocean County Prosecutor Office Detective Melissa Matthews.  Both investigators and the juvenile victim testified at trial.  The defendant was found not eligible for sentencing under the purview of the NJ Sex Offender Act after undergoing an evaluation at the Avenel Facility.   Defendant has an ICE detainer and will be remanded to New Jersey State Prison.

 

Oscar Cordero-Quintero

OSCAR CORDERO-QUINTERO

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