by Ralph Stocco
Toms River- On November 22nd the Toms River Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, along with the Townships Quality of Life Task Force, executed two search warrants at the Americana Motel; 925 Route 166. One of the search warrants was for the manager’s office and pertained to an ongoing narcotics investigation. The operation led to the arrest of ten individuals for warrants and offenses ranging from possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances to Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances. A fire inspection was also conducted by the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the motel was found to be in violation of several fire codes which will be addressed with ownership officials.
The Quality of Life Task Force was established to combat problems with a multifaceted approach utilizing multiple township agencies. The task force consists primarily of law enforcement, fire, and code/zoning enforcement bureaus. The task force recently addressed the Red Carpet Motel located in the downtown area and will continue to investigate nuisances and criminal activity throughout the township, including violations within residential areas. The main objective of the task force is to ensure Toms River is a safe community and to improve the quality of life for all of its residents and visitors.