Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on April 13, 2020, Denaire Bowen, 22, of Lakewood, pled guilty before the Honorable Lisa A. Puglisi, J.S.C., to Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2), in connection with an incident that occurred in Lakewood Township on December 17, 2020, as well as Possession of less than One-Half Ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(3), in connection with a separate incident that occurred in Lakewood Township on February 2, 2022. At the time of Bowen’s sentencing on June 3, 2022, the State will be seeking a term of eleven years New Jersey State Prison. The sentences are to run concurrently.
On December 17, 2020, Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit performed a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Bowen. During the stop, Bowen was found to be in possession of more than one-half ounce of Cocaine, packaged for resale. Bowen was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail; he was subsequently released by the Court as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.
On February 2, 2022, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force observed Bowen operating a motor vehicle in the vicinity of Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood Township. Detectives performed a motor vehicle stop on Bowen’s vehicle, and as a result, Bowen was found to be in possession of approximately 30 wax folds of Heroin. Bowen was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since his apprehension on February 2, 2022.
Prosecutor Billhimer commends the diligence of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco and Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke who are handling the matters on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department, and Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, for their efforts in connection with their respective investigations, leading to Bowen’s arrest, guilty pleas, and soon his state prison sentence.