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OCPO SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP CONCLUDES INITIAL SOUTHERN SUMMER SWEEP

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today the culmination of a cooperative multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Southern Enforcement Unit, along with county and local law enforcement agencies. The investigation focused on mid-level heroin, marijuana and prescription pill distributors found to be operating in Ocean County. The investigation, identified as Operation “Southern Shield” began in March 2016 and culminated on Thursday June 16, 2016. The operation’s goal was to disrupt and/or dismantle the illicit controlled dangerous substance (CDS) distribution activities within the southern portion of Ocean County.

The investigation led to 20 arrests for various offenses involving distribution of CDS, (4) four search warrants were executed resulting in 1500 dosage units of heroin, 112 Oxycodone pills, along with quantities of “crack” cocaine, marijuana and Xanax recovered, and approximately $3,700 and a 2006 Dodge Charger being seized pending forfeiture proceedings.

This operation involved the strength of the following agencies, in addition to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group:

  • Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau
  • Waretown Township Police Department Detective Bureau
  • Barnegat Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Ocean County Regional SWAT

Search Warrants were executed at the following locations:

  • 710 Clairmore Rd., Lacey Township, NJ the residence of Casey and Joseph Sinopoli
  • 322 Harzold Rd., Lacey Township, NJ the residence of Paul Brennan
  • 13 Perrywinkle Road, Barnegat Township, NJ the residence of Peter and Donna Frate

The following individuals were arrested as a result of operation “Southern Shield”. See attached photo chart:

Micahel Araneo II, 23, Bail $100,000.00, no 10%

826 Hazelton Avenue, Lacey Township NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Oxycodone and Xanax, Possession of Heroin, Oxycodone and Xanax with Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Heroin.

Alyssa Everett, 24, Bail $100,000.00, no 10%

826 Hazelton Avenue, Lacey Township NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Oxycodone and Xanax, Possession of Heroin, Oxycodone and Xanax with Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Heroin.

Thomas Rickmers Jr., 26, Released on own Recognizance

614 Clairmore Road, Lacey Twp., NJ

Charged with: Distribution and Possession of Xanax, Possession with the intent to distribute Xanax.

Michael Araneo, 57, Bail $75,000.00 No 10%

826 Hazelton Avenue, Lacey Township, NJ

Charged with: Distribution of Heroin, Possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin

Nicholas Picone, 29, Bail $50,000 No 10%

195 Alder Sreet, Lakewood Township, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Heroin.

Casey Sinopoli, 21, Bail $75,000.00 No 10%

710 Clairmore Road, Lacey Township, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Joseph Sinopoli, 23, Released on own Recognizance

710 Clairmore Road, Lacey Township, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Ivory Lewis, 24, Bail $40,000 No 10%

63 Brynmawr Ave., Trenton, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Francis Jarczynski, 32, Bail $25,000 no 10%

28 Main Street, Waretown, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Tiemear Lewis, 25, Bail $40,000 no 10%

844 Carteret Avenue, Trenton, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Sara Cervera, 20, Released on own Recognizance

39 Bayside Avenue, Barnegat Township, NJ

Charged with: Distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana.

Jonathan Locilento, 44, Bail $75,000 No 10%

808 Hazelton Road, Lacey Township, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Marguerit Tyger, 30, Bail $50,000 no 10%

28 Main Street, Waretown, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Kevin Kronberger, 25, Bail $30,000 No 10%

28 Main Street, Waretown, NJ

Charged with: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin.

Paul Brennan, 53, Bail $50,000 No 10%

322 Harzold Avenue, Lacey Township, NJ

Charged with: Distribution, possession and distribution with the intent to distribute Oxycontin/Oxycodone.

Peter Frate, 33, Bail $5,000 with 10%

13 Perrywinkle Road, Barnegat, NJ

Charged with: Conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

Donna Frate, 40, Bail $10,000 with 10%

13 Perrywinkle Road, Barnegat, NJ

Charged with: Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone.

Thomas Malone, 35, Bail $30,000 with 10%, JSC James Blainey

1980 Millcreek Road, Stafford Township, NJ (Home Address)

Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone

Mark Jung, 56, Bail $5,000 with 10%, JSC James Blainey

15 Mizzen Way, Waretown, NJ (Home Address)

Conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone

Still at Large:

James Hallock, , 38, $75,000 no 10%, JSC Damian Murray,

Unknown address

Distribution and possession of heroin

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Hallock is asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Operations Group at 732-341-6150 or 732-929-2027.

All of the arrested individuals who had bails set were transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of the listed bail or they posted bail upon their arrest.

The following vehicle was seized as a result of operation “Southern Shield”:

  • 2006 Dodge Charger operated and owned by Paul Brennan.

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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