An investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit between February and March 2021 revealed that Winston was distributing heroin in the Ocean County area. As a result, Detectives executed a court-authorized search warrant at a storage unit in Brick Township – utilized by Winston – on March 10, 2021. Detectives located Winston at the subject storage facility and attempted to detain him pending execution of the search warrant. Winston became combative, and forcefully resisted efforts to detain him; it ultimately took the combined efforts of three detectives to take Winston into custody. Detectives subsequently seized approximately 3000 individual doses of heroin, 200 grams of eutylone, as well as various quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. Detectives also discovered and seized two handguns and an extended capacity magazine. Winston has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since being taken into custody on March 10, 2021.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke who handled the case on behalf of the State, and commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit, Stafford Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Brick Township Police Department, and Absecon City Police Department, for their collective efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Winston’s arrest, guilty pleas, and nowhis state prison sentence.