Mortar, Meth Lab Ingredients Found in Pickup Truck in Jackson

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On August 1, 2019, an investigation which was begun in November 2018 into the suspicion of the distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine concluded with the arrest and charging of the suspect by Jackson Police Detectives.

Jackson Patrol Officers assisted Detectives with conducting a motor vehicle stop with the suspect on West Commodore Boulevard and he was taken into custody. During a search of the suspect, methamphetamine was found and seized.

The investigation continued with the seizure of the suspect’s 1998 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2002 Ford F150, in which officers observed what appeared to be material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Hazmat Unit, a search was conducted of the vehicle and additional methamphetamine was recovered along with materials and chemicals which were being utilized to manufacture methamphetamine inside the vehicle. During the search, a mortar round was also recovered from the vehicle but it was later discovered to be inert.

Michael Canto, age 40 of Anita Drive, Jackson.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and 1st degree maintaining a facility for the manufacture of methamphetamine. He was processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail. The NJSP Hazmat and Bomb Units along with detectives from the OCPO Narcotics Strike Force Unit also assisted with the investigation.

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