Large Drug Bust Involves Alleged Distributor From Lakewood

swat lkwdOn January 29, members of the Toms River Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team executed a court authorized search warrant on a hotel room at the Howard Johnsons Hotel. This search warrant was the culmination of a month long investigation involving the distribution of heroin in the Ocean County Area.

The target of the investigation, John E. McDaniel (37) of Lakewood, was identified as a distributor of heroin in Toms River and Lakewood. As a result of the search warrant, 864 wax folds of heroin, 6 bottles of Methadone, packaging material and $3,764.00 in US Currency were seized. He was held on $75,000 bail.

On January 30, 2014 members of the Toms River Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and the DEA, Drug Enforcement Agency (Atlantic City Office) conducted a joint investigation regarding heroin distribution in the Ocean County area.

As a result of this investigation a motor vehicle stop was conducted off of Route 37 in the Toms River Center parking lot near the Kohl’s Department Store. This motor vehicle stop resulted in the seizure of 10,000 wax folds of heroin (200 bricks) and the arrests of three individuals. Arrested was Victor Tavarez-Rosario age 21 of New York, NY, Jose Ariel Taveras-Cabrera age 25 of the Bronx, and Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera age 28 of New York, NY.

All three were charged with possession of heroin and possession of over 5 ounces of heroin with the intent to distribute, which is a 1st degree crime. The estimated weight of the narcotics seized is 400 grams worth an estimated street value of $50,000.00.

Victor Tavarez-Rosario is being held in lieu of $200,000.00 bail. Jose Ariel Taveras-Cabrera and Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera are being held in lieu of $350,000.00 bail and are being detained on I.C.E. detainers for immigration violations.

McDaniel was charged with possession of heroin, possession of Methadone and possession of heroin over one half ounce with the intent to distribute 2nd degree. Also arrested was Danielle Giberson, also of Lakewood, for possession of Methadone and on the strength of an active warrant.

Background and supportive information

The Toms River Police Department’s narcotics unit or, SET (Special Enforcement team) conducts investigations constantly and often partners with other local, county, state, and federal agencies. Last year this unit was responsible for 168 arrests and the seizure of over 16,000 bags of heroin that would have otherwise been circulated and sold on the street.

Upon his appointment in January, Chief Mitchell Little has increased the staffing of this unit and has given them the resources needed to combat our war on drugs. The chief states “This unit is invaluable to the Department and the township. Our success is due to the talent and dedication of its members under the leadership and command of Captain Bruce Burgess of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.”

The Chief goes on to say “I am working closely with the Mayor and Township Officials to get the department the resources it needs to succeed in this mission to combat the epidemic of drugs. They have been very supportive of the police department in this effort.” [TLS]

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  1. Over ten thousands bags of heroin found this is actually one of the biggest drug bust in ocean county history so how do you figure its not by lakewood standards …drug dealers in lakewood are always caught with small amount s

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