Ocean Newark County
Ocean County authorities reported that detectives from the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit collaborated with the Countermeasures Unit. Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Unit, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit, Essex County Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Office of the Sheriff of Ocean County to investigate the distribution of narcotics in the Ocean County area.
The investigation identified a residence in Newark as being used by Mr. Karl Murray, 34, to store and distribute heroin and cocaine in Ocean County.
Officials said on January 21 that detectives from the county attorney’s office of Ocean Narcotics Strike Force, the Manchester Township Police Department and the Essex County Attorney’s Office Counter Narcotics Unit had set up surveillance on the residence in question in Newark.
Detectives observed Murray leaving the residence in his vehicle.
A subsequent motor vehicle stop was performed on Murray’s vehicle; Murray and his two passengers, Ms Tayiyah Jackson, 24, and Mr Abdul Crowley, 22, both from Newark, were arrested as a result.
Police said Murray was in possession of approximately 100 plies of heroin wax and $2,800 in US currency.
Detectives also located approximately 50 crack vials in the vehicle.
All three were taken into custody and transported to Manchester Township Police Department for processing.
After Murray’s arrest, detectives continued to monitor his residence. Detectives observed Mr. John Frazier, 35, of Newark, enter the house, exit after a while and place two boxes in the trunk of his vehicle.
A motor vehicle stop was then performed on Frazier’s vehicle.
Frazier was found to be in possession of approximately 150 heroin wax plies; the boxes he placed in the vehicle contained approximately 4,250 folds of heroin wax.
A .40 caliber handgun was also in the vehicle.
Frazier was taken into custody and transported to Manchester Police Department for treatment.
A court-authorized search warrant was executed on Murray’s residence and vehicle.
As a result, authorities said detectives recovered numerous items from the residence indicating narcotics distribution, and a .45 caliber handgun was found in his vehicle.
All four were charged with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, non-possession of a weapon by a person, possession of a weapon during a controlled activity involving a hazardous substance, unlawful possession of a weapon, obstructing apprehension and obstructing apprehension by concealing another person.