Toms River man gets 15 months on cocaine charge

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

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Jason Vella, 39, of Toms River, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence by videoconference today.


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On Sept. 19, 2019, investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office executed a search warrant on Vella’s residence and recovered 150 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, $2,295 in cash and pieces of jewelry.

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