Toms River Drug Dealer Gets 17 Years in Prison

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – Convicted drug dealer John Williams, 56, of Toms River, was sentenced on Friday to seventeen years in New Jersey State Prison with an eight and one-half years period of parole ineligibility as a result of being found guilty by a jury of his peers.

Convicted in March, Williams’ sentencing commenced this week after a November 2020 arrest by Lakewood Police Officers.

“On November 10, 2020, Detectives from the Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed Williams and a second individual in a parking lot between 2nd and 3rd Streets – crouched behind two motor vehicles for approximately 30 seconds,” the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. “The second individual subsequently walked away from the scene.  Detectives approached Williams and detected an odor of raw marijuana emanating from his person.”

Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said, according to police records, a subsequent search of Williams based upon the odor of marijuana resulted in the recovery of 164 wax folds of a compound of heroin, fentanyl, and 4-ANPP, approximately 17 grams of cocaine, a quantity of Marijuana, a digital scale, plastic baggies, and approximately $1,250 in United States currency.  Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has remained since the date of his arrest.

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