Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer has announced the culmination of a two-month, multi-agency cooperative investigation into illegal drug activity in the Ocean County area.  Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and Brick Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit combined forces to identify a residence in Lakewood as being utilized to store and distribute quantities of Heroin.

On November 12, 2020, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, along with Officers from the Lakewood Police Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Police Special Response Team, and Brick Police Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the subject Lakewood residence.  As a result, law enforcement seized approximately 1,800 dosage units of heroin and nearly $2,300 in cash, and charged James Wallace, 34, of Lakewood, with Possession of Heroin in an Amount Greater than One-Half Ounce with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Distribution of Heroin in an Amount Less than One-Half Ounce in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(3); Possession of Heroin in an Amount Less than One-Half Ounce with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(3); and two counts of Possession of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1).  Wallace was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.

“This was truly a collaborative investigation and all the officers involved did an outstanding job.  Together, we will continue to root out these drug dealers – and the poisons they peddle – from our neighborhoods and communities,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department Special Response Team, Brick Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Wallace’s arrest. 

The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.