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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on February 11, 2021, Andrew Bradley, 22, of Lacey Township, pled guilty before the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, J.S.C., to Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4.  At the time of his sentencing on April 1, 2022, the State will seek a term of ten years New Jersey State Prison.

An investigation conducted by the Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau between 2017 and 2020 determined that Bradley was utilizing a residence in the Forked River section of Lacey Township to store and distribute cocaine and marijuana.  As a result, Detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department performed a motor vehicle stop on Bradley’s vehicle in Lacey Township on October 1, 2021, at which time Bradley was detained.  Lacey Township Detectives – with the assistance of the Stafford Township Police Department K-9 Unit – thereafter executed court-authorized search warrants on Bradley’s vehicle and residence.  As a result, Detectives seized quantities of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), dimethyltryptamine (DMT), marijuana including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), drug paraphernalia, and equipment and supplies indicative of manufacturing and distributing cocaine, from Bradley’s residence.  Bradley was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Angelo, and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill, who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Lacey Township Police Department Patrol Division, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, and Stafford Township Police Department K-9 Unit, for their collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Bradley’s apprehension, guilty plea, and soon his state prison sentence.