According to this Asbury Park Press Article a Toms River mother and her boyfriend, a 31-year-old parolee, were placed under arrest on Tuesday, July 29 for multiple significant offenses after an early morning raid of their shared home. The police conducted the raid after an investigation had shown evidence of heroin distribution from the home. Each were charged with possession
The pair was charged with heroin possession, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a child, the woman’s five-year-old son.
Following the raid conducted by Toms River Township’s Special Enforcement Team and Emergency Service Unit, the NJ Department of Children and Families made arrangements for the safe placement of the child with a stable family member.
Bail was set for the woman and her boyfriend at $50,000 and $150,000, respectively, with no ten percent option, according to authorities.
Toms River, in addition to many other towns in New Jersey including the surrounding areas of Bricktown, Seaside Heights, Jackson, and Lacey, has been increasingly investigating and prosecuting heroin-related crimes. The heroin epidemic has come to a critical mass in suburban New Jersey, and in response, the state has allocated funds to various municipalities to tackle the issue head-on. Heroin’s low cost and highly addictive capacity are the driving forces behind the drug’s booming popularity and ease to attain.
Heroin possession is typically a Third Degree charge. However, possession of heroin with intent to distribute can be an indictable offense of the First, Second, or Third Degree, depending upon the amount. For more information on Ocean County Heroin charges, click here.
Endangering the Welfare of Child is another significant crime in New Jersey. This crime occurs when a person who has assumed responsibility for the child acts in a manner that makes the child abused or neglected. It is a crime of the Second Degree when the person charged is a parent or guardian or other who has assumed responsibility for the child. Other adults who act in a similar manner, but have not assumed responsibility are guilty of a crime of the Third Degree.