Trenton Duo Arrested for Drug Distribution in Ocean County

Toms River, NJ (Ocean) – The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, conducted a two-month-long investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in Ocean County, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. The investigation identified Jireh Mathis, 27, and Tashawn McDonald, 23, both of Trenton, as individuals involved in the distribution of Heroin/Fentanyl and Cocaine in the area.

Beginning in early December 2023, detectives from multiple law enforcement agencies established both stationary and mobile surveillance on Mathis and McDonald. On January 22, 2024, the detectives observed the suspects arriving at the Green Meadow Apartment Complex in Toms River in a vehicle driven by Mathis. Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force approached the suspects, leading Mathis to attempt to flee the scene. However, he was apprehended and taken into custody, while McDonald was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search of Mathis resulted in the discovery of approximately 500 wax folds of Heroin/Fentanyl and ten grams of Cocaine. Throughout the course of the investigation, a total of around 1,500 wax folds of Heroin/Fentanyl and 25 grams of Cocaine were seized by law enforcement.

Mathis is facing charges including Possession of More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Possession of More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, and Resisting Arrest. He is currently being held in the Ocean County Jail pending trial. McDonald, on the other hand, has been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Heroin, and Conspiracy to Distribute More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine. McDonald has been served with the charges via summons and is awaiting an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

Prosecutor Billhimer expressed his commendation to all the agencies involved in the investigation, including the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas-Monmouth/Ocean Post of Duty (HIDTA/MOPOD) Group 5, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Patrol Division, Toms River Township Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, Toms River Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, for their collective efforts in this investigation.

It is important to note that the charges mentioned above are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Source: MidJersey.news

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