Two arrested on Drug Charges in Berkeley Township

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Two people have been arrested after a drug investigation that has been ongoing for several months by the Berkeley Township Police Department. After receiving tips from the community where a home on Fernwood Drive in the Glencove section of Bayville has had frequent suspicious activity, police began monitoring the residence.

“During this time concerned citizens reported numerous amounts of vehicular and pedestrian traffic all hours of the day and night. People coming to the home would stay for short durations of time either going to the home or meeting on the street,” the Berkeley Township Police Department said in a statement. “In response, Berkeley Township Detectives initiated a comprehensive investigation which confirmed what was reported and which eventually lead to evidence of heroin distribution from the residence.”

According to a press release issued today, on Thursday, detectives from the Berkeley Township Police Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, and the Ocean Gate Detective Bureau executed 4 court-authorized search warrants on this Fernwood Drive residence and three separate vehicles connected to the investigation.

“Upon execution of the search warrants a substantial quantity of narcotics were seized. This included over 1500 individual doses of heroin which was packaged for resale. $1800 in US Currency and paraphernalia associated with distribution were also seized,” the Berkeley Township Police Department reported. “In addition A quantity of cocaine and pipes used for ingestion were located within the residence.”

The following subjects were arrested and charged:

Anthony Owen 33 of Fernwood Drive Bayville. Owen was charged with possession of heroin ( 2nd degree) possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Owen was remanded to the Ocean County Jail.

Andrea Dekker 42 of Fernwood Drive in Bayville. Dekker was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dekker was released on a summons.

Police said more arrests are likely as the evidence is processed.