Hazmat team called to investigate possible meth lab at secluded Ocean County Pine Barrens home

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Sunday, November 28th, 2021 at approximately 5:00 PM, the Stafford Township Police Department received a call in reference to suspicious activity occurring on the property of 1236 Grays Road in the Warren Grove section of Stafford Township.

Upon arrival, Officers encountered John B. Sharpe 37 years old, of Galloway Township, New Jersey. At-scene investigation indicated the possibility of the use and/or manufacturing of methamphetamine possibly taking place on the property. This led to the response of the Stafford Township Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit, the Ocean County Narcotic’s Strike Force Unit, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. As a result of the information obtained during the investigation, extra precautions were taken that yielded an additional response from the Hazmat Team out of Berkeley Township, the Warren Grove Fire Department Station 38, Stafford EMS Squad 38, additional arson units and an increased presence of uniformed patrol officers.

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Once the scene was deemed secure and not hazardous to the community, a search was conducted by investigating Detectives who recovered numerous types of CDS all belonging to Sharpe who had already been placed under arrest for a warrant out of Galloway Township.

Sharpe was transported to Stafford Police headquarters and charged with the following: 3rd degree Possession of Methamphetamine, 3rd degree Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, 3rd degree Possession of Heroin, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia including numerous digital scales and plastic baggies, and Possession of numerous hypodermic syringes for the use of CDS. Also recovered were multiple types of unidentified pills, which are pending analysis at a lab that could result in additional charges.

Sharpe was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail and has a future court appearance pending in Ocean County Superior Court.

This investigation began on Sunday evening and led into the early morning hours the following day. As such, the Stafford Township Police Department would like to give a special thanks to all responding agencies and units in their respective field of expertise to come together in a joint effort.

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As a reminder, the Stafford Township Police Department does not release photos of arrested subjects, and the public and the press are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.