Lakewood man among arrested in Manchester Narcotics Sting

mancA six-week investigation by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) culminated in the search of a Summit Park home and the arrests of three individuals on drug and weapons charges on Wednesday.

During the early morning hours of July 13, 2016, members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and Detective Section, along with members of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, executed a Court authorized search warrant at a Neal Place residence in the Summit Park section of the Township. The six-week investigation began after the Narcotics Enforcement Team received complaints about possible drug distribution on that block. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence after a subsequent investigation.

During the search of the home, evidence of LSD and marijuana distribution, along with a quarter pound of marijuana and 165 doses of LSD were recovered. In addition, multiple prohibited weapons and more than $1,000.00 in cash, believed to be proceeds of drug sales, were seized. Furthermore, paraphernalia associated with the distribution of marijuana and LSD was also seized.

Arrested were the following:

  • Shawn Moll, 27, of Manchester
  • Kwasi Mayweather, 30, of Lakewood
  • Victoria Espinal, 19, of Manchester

All three individuals were charged with possession of and possession with intent to distribute LSD, possession of and possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of K2 (synthetic marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapons. Additionally, Mayweather was processed on two outstanding arrest warrants; one out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and one out of Millstone Municipal Court.

Moll’s bail was set at $165,000, with no 10 percent option, while bail for both Mayweather and Espinal was set at $100,000, also with no 10 percent option. All three subjects were unable to post bail and were subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail.

The investigation was led by the Manchester Police Department’s N.E.T. Assisting with this investigation were the officers from both the Manchester Police Department Investigations and Patrol Bureaus. Additionally, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit assisted at the scene.


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