Drug Dealer's Home Raided, Three Blocks from Elementary School

LAKEHURST-The Lakehurst Police Department charged Joshua Wharton, 39, Lakehurst after an investigation by Sgt. Matthew Kline.


Sgt. Matthew Kline conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Lakehurst area. The investigation uncovered that Wharton was distributing marijuana and heroin in the Lakehurst & Manchester area. During the investigation information led to the issuance of a search warrant for 422 Maple Street and for Joshua Wharton’s 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck. The search of Wharton’s residence recovered 122 bags (doses) of heroin and a quantity of marijuana.


Joshua Wharton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school, the Lakehurst Elementary School.

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The Lakehurst Police Department was assisted by members of the Manchester Township Police Departments Narcotics Enforcement Team and Officer Theodore Wielichoski of the Ocean County Sheriffs Office K-9 unit.


The Lakehurst Police Department seized his 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a quantity of cash for civil forfeiture.


The public is reminded that they may submit tips to the police department at (732)657-7812 or online through our website at www.lakehurstpolice.org

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