FBI And LPD Raid Oak Street Home Seize $70G In Cocaine And Marijuana

swat raidAuthorities seized a kilogram of cocaine and 3 pounds of marijuana when they raided an Oak Street home Friday. Acting in concert with the FBI and township police, members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant at the home on the 1400 block and found the stash, worth an estimated $70,000, authorities said. Officers also seized $14,000 in cash from the home, as well as a digital scale, packaging materials and cutting agents to be used to dilute the cocaine, police said. 

Arrested was the home’s resident, Francisco Romera-Rivera, 42, who was being held in lieu of $150,000 cash bail at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. He is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of more than 5 ounces of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute more than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Also charged is Giovanni Ferrante, 41, of Ocean Avenue. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and conspiracy to possess more than 5 ounces of the drug for distribution. 

An investigation is continuing, and more arrests are anticipated, authorities said. APP

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  1. Can we all stop with the “I wonder who owned the house”?!? I have no clue who owns it but I think commenters have been going overboard lately. Just because a tenant is arrested for whatever charges it may be does not mean it is the landlords fault! There are certain terms used in the professional world. “Gross negligence” on the part of a landlord when taking in a tenant is a terrible and irresponsible act to take. However is every landlord really supposed to know EVERYTHING going on in their house at all times?!? many times these tenants bring in additional “tenants” which is totally against their lease and wishes of their landlord. I just hope all the people shooting off these stupid comments don’t own ANY rental property beacuse this can happen to ANYONE. Guess what; how about that frum tenant of yours in your ILLEGAL basement that is a FIRE HAZARD and you KNOW IT GOOD AND WELL but continue to rent it out. Well guess what, I don’t wish it upon you that a fire should occur but if one does and/or someone gets injured or worse C’V you are in a heck of a lot of trouble. So before hitting that keyboard of yours why don’t you think real deep if you are so clean and immune to such issues before knocking others.

    And just in case you wonder who I am-well I happen to be someone that lived in an area(under 5 frum people lived there) where 75% of the homes were Jewish owned but rented out to….Ultimately I moved out since it was not developing and will be moving back shortly.I can very justifiably sit at my computer and knock every one of these guys too but I still use my braini before I type. I suggest you do too!!!

  2. landlords who actually look after their investments would know what is going on in a home and if they get any kind of vibe that something isn’t right. Absentee landlords who never check on their investments wouldn’t have such opportunity.

  3. And just to add on to my last post when I moved out of my home and was forced to rent it out,I took a LOSS of $150 monthly so I can have a better tenant. And guess what! Turns out my next tenant who are legal Hispanics and here for many years are WAY better than the white guy I so died to get into my house. I lost some money on them too because I was picky on who I brought into my home. I still think peope need to stop being so judgemental and give others a LITTLE benefit of the doubt. As I said anyones tenant can get arrested for VERY serious crimes and it will have not necessarily have been the landlords fault.

  4. To Mr. gbigblackdog says

    Many local landlords have also gotten screwed even though they try their best to look after their homes/investments. After I got screwed(financially as well as lack of proper upkeep in my house) with my WHITE tenant that I took in at a loss of $150 a month I added a clause into my lease. Basically it said that I the landlord reserve the right to spray insectide on a monthly basis. That was my way of having easy access to the interior of my home without infringing on their privacy or legal rights. Guess what! I never had to use that clause. I happen to be in the home on a monthly basis but the 5(couple,2 children and a sister) Hispanics that live there maintain my house WAY better than the white guy that I had in there before who I THOUGHT was great.

  5. The vast majority of the guys making headlines like this aren’t first time offenders. Spend $25 and do a records check and you’ll have no problems.

  6. Make no mistake, I’m not saying it’s completely the landlord’s fault, or that it’s a race thing, but absentee landlords (or those without ingenious clauses like yourself) are less likely to pick up on suspicious activity. If you are not there to check on the house every now and then, you’d never know if something was fishy. For example, in the same neighborhood as this incident, there was a house that was rented and the only time I ever saw the landlord was when I called the inspections department for violations I saw happening. A search warrant was issued for stolen car parts because the neighbors said something wasn’t right about what they were doing. Who brings car parts into the living room? A landlord who checks on their rentals would see stuff like that. You’d think that after getting screwed, you’d be more apt to protect yourself, as you have. Either they have too many rentals to take care of, or it’s not their full time job, or whatever other excuse you wish to throw out there. Absentee landlords and those who don’t perform the records search, because they’d rather collect the rent than lose money on an empty house, are indeed part of the problem. Not the whole problem, but part of it. I

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