Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today the culmination of a two month long cooperative multi-agency investigation into narcotics distribution in the Toms River area. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and the Toms River Township Police Special Enforcement Team revealed that a residence in Toms River was being utilized to store and distribute quantities of Cocaine and Marijuana. On Friday, November 21, 2019, detectives executed a no-knock search warrant at a residence in Toms River. The search of the residence revealed approximately 80 grams of Cocaine, 216 grams of Marijuana, 62 THC vape cartridges, $38,500 in cash and a high end security system that could monitor the traffic in the surrounding area of the residence. Robert Aparicio was arrested and taken into custody.
Aparicio, age 34, of Toms River was charged with Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(11); Possession of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 35-10a(1); Possession of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(11); Possession of a Quantity of MDMA Pills in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Maintain a Fortified Structure as a Distribution Facility in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 35-4.1c; Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 21-25a; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. Aparicio is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer would like to thank the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Toms River Township Police Department Special Enforcement Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Toms River Emergency Services Unit and the Toms River Police Department K-9 Unit for their collaborative efforts in this arrest.
The public and the media are reminded that all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.