Police Shut Down Toms River, Berkeley Massage Parlors

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On January 4th, a four month prostitution investigation, led by Toms River Police Department Detective Tom Grosse, culminated in charges being filed against two individuals.  In conjunction with The Department of Homeland Security, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group, and the U.S. Enforcement Removal Operation Unit, search warrants were executed at Redwoods Wellness Center, 515 Lakehurst Road in Toms River and a private residence on Edgebrook Drive North in Berkeley Township.

Redwoods, conducting business as a massage parlor, was suspected of soliciting prostitution.  Allegations of the prostitution were confirmed by way of the investigation as well as through the subsequent evidence procured as a result of the court authorized search warrants.

Nina X. Meng, 56, Edgewood Drive, owner and proprietor of Redwoods Wellness Center was arrested and charged with the promotion of prostitution.  James M. O’Brien, 59, of the same address in Berkeley Township, has also been charged with Promoting Prostitution.  Attempts to have Mr. O’Brien surrender himself have not come to fruition.  Anyone who may have information about Redwoods Wellness Center, its employees, or knows the whereabouts of Mr. Obrien, is urged to confidentially contact Toms River Detective Thomas Grosse at 732-349-0150 extension 1263 or by email at tgrosse@trpolice.org.