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2 Arrested in Ongoing Narcotic Distribution Investigation

The investigation continues in an effort to probe suspected heroin overdose deaths

Two Forked River residents were arrested during an ongoing narcotics distribution investigation that continues in an effort to probe suspected heroin overdose deaths, police said.

Police executed two simultaneous search warrants during the investigation on Thursday arresting Kenneth Staunton, 32, and Linda Rao, 24.

One warrant was conducted on a vehicle driven by Rao, finding drug paraphernalia consistent with heroin and crack-cocaine use, police said.

A second warrant was executed at a Lee Way, Forked River home, finding additional drug paraphernalia, police said. Staunton, the target of the investigation, was arrested in Lanoka Harbor while he allegedly attempted to avoid police by hiding in the rear of a van.

During Stauton’s arrest, police found 191 bags containing heroin and a hypodermic syringe, police said.

Staunton was charged with heroin possession and intent to distribute heroin. He was sent to Ocean County Jail in lieu of his $60,000 cash bail.

Rao was released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance.

Entry into the Lee Way home was made by Ocean County SWAT.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Criminalistic Unit as well as a K-0 from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation.

VoiceofReason January 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Wow. So not the cops fault. Excuse them for trying to keep the crime rate low in the town. If I recall correctly, you ARE NOT allowed in a PARK intended for CHILDREN play past dusk, so technically, at 930pm he WAS in the wrong.
Captain Ed January 23, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Im sure since I never even tried drugs I would have no idea what addiction is like. I cant even imagine. And anyone who has battled that and overcome it I commend you. But again, anyone who sells/distributes hard drugs to people/kids are well aware of the consequences and deserve nothing but hard serious jail time. I know more then one person that has kids that have gotten hooked on drugs. And it usually is a lifelong addiction that ruins their lives. If not forever then at least for many years. That is one of the reasons its so important that we put drug pushers away. They DESTROY peoples lives. And look how many users wind up overdosing and killing themselves as well. In addition how often drugs are behind theft, burglaries and robbery. I think most of the time. SAD.
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 01:56 PM
That was a solid argument, Tom; a baseless accusation coupled with an unsupported conclusion. That's typical though. When you have no logical argument, people commonly resort to personal attacks.
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 02:16 PM
It baffles me how easily you can simply skip over a a causal link. Drug dealers are providing a product that people want. They are not forcing the drug into anyone's veins or up anyone's nose. With that said, no one is saying that they have chosen a noble line of work, but it is no different than a liquor store owner, a car dealership, a cigarette store owner, or a pharmacist. It is none of your business if someone wants to drink a beer over a cigarette just as it is none of your business if they want to do drugs. (ironically didn't you just rail against the nanny state?) Also, while addiction does indeed have strong elements of chemical dependence, it is not a disease in the same sense that cancer or other sicknesses are disease. You cannot - by an act of the will - eliminate cancer or diabetes. An act of the will can remedy addiction. That is not to say that it is easy (I fully understand that it is horrifically difficult), but it is possible so it is not exactly accurate to call it a disease.
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Voice of Reason has shown himself to be a categorical positivist (that is someone who believes that the law is just simply by virtue of it being a law) Good thing he didn't live in 1943 Germany, as everything that Hitler did was "legal".
Giant fan January 23, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Robert, I don't know what to make of you. Sometimes you follow a very intelligent thought process with some very good and valid points, and then you post something like your previous comment which leads me to believe you are delusional. Please understand I do not mean to insult you but I truly believe that any a person who would draw the conclusions you have presented needs the help only a mental health professional could provide.
proud January 23, 2013 at 05:20 PM
@Robert Yates, I do get your point, but do not think your entirely correct. To may want to try investigating this link : Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction | National Institute on ...www.drugabuse.gov ›. It is very informative and the the facts within may surprise you. For the most part, drug addiction is a preventable disease, though genetics may very well be a factor to one who is affected. Genetics are also often contributory with diseases such as cancer or diabetes. In many cases as you have suggested, cancer or diabetes can be a preventable disease. Take for instance cancer caused by HIV or induced by smoking tabbaco. Certainly, these could be be prevented as well as many other forms affected by lifestyle choices. Type two diabetes can also be prevented in many cases by dietary choices and limiting alcohol consumption. Can a person be effectively treated for cancer or diabetes? Sometimes yes; sometimes no. The same holds true for substance abuse addiction. Sometimes treatment works and others times it does not. The key to preventing disease is through education. The key to curing diseases is through effective treatment. Do you see what I mean when I say that I don't think your statements are entirely correct? Again, to reinforce my prior suggestions, assigning blame or finger pointing accomplishes absolutely nothing. That is not to say that I think that was the true intention of others whom have done so on this thread.
Giant fan January 23, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Robert, I guess I should elaborate on my previous comments. your comparison of a drug dealer to any legal profession is what makes me draw my conclusion of your mental state. If you don't realize what the collateral damage of drug addiction is for instance violent criminal activity then you are either living in a bubble or as I mentioned delusional. It has to be one or the other because I have never met or spoken to anyone in there right mind who does not know someone who has been affected by drug addiction to such a degree that they have not been dangerous to themselve and those around them. Also for the most part a comparison cannot be made to any legal activity. And no I don't believe legalizing it would make a difference to the adverse affect on society drug addiction has.
proud January 23, 2013 at 05:35 PM
@Giants Fan, you can't seriously allege that the legal activities of alcohol or tabbaco consumption don't often pose threat to those who partake in said activities and others around them, can you?
anonymous January 23, 2013 at 06:27 PM
What I dont understand is why this debate is even going on in the first place. Everyone is trying to push their opinions and views on to everyone else... which we know this will never happen. I recently just lost someone to addiction. Not being an addict myself it is hard for me to understand it. He was a great person. A wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew..... all of the above. He got wrapped up in the wrong thing.... even though he was trying to stop his body yearned for it.... So he gave into his craving instead of being sick.... Although he chose to do that, he did not choose to die. He did not want to leave his family and friends behind to mourn his loss.... and to wonder what we could have done differently... Sad to say this happens everyday. There is more of it now then ever and it is sooooo easily accessible and cheap. Yes, he did choose to do it..... but what he didnt know how potent that "drug dealer" made it. It was LETHAL. So ask me.... do I blame him or the person that sold it to him....... I blame the person that sold it to him. You can all tell me different... but maybe if we take out all of these drug dealers it will make it a little harder for people to find it. Less people selling= less people buying=less OD's...... I will miss my loved one everyday.....
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I think most of what you said above is correct. My point is this: if a person has cancer and also has an addiction (notwithstanding how they got to that point) an act of the will can cure one, but not the other. An addiction can rightly be called a hybrid affliction, that is, partially physical and partially mental. Cancer is a strictly physical affliction which can not be cured by an act of the will. Both can be prevented by certain acts of the will, but only addiction can be cured by an act of the will after the fact. Their traits definitely overlap, but I don't think addiction can properly be called an outright disease. Thank you for the link; I will take a look.
proud January 23, 2013 at 06:44 PM
@anonymous, a debate is not neccesarily trying to push opinions or views on someone else,. In fact,, by exploring opposing viewpoints, debates can be very effective in dispelling misnomers. You may choose to assign blame, but it will not alleviate your loss. Speaking of which, I genuinely extend my condolences. It must be very difficult for you.
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 06:52 PM
The criminal activity that may or may not stem from drug use is already criminalized (as I have already said in previous posts), so as a society we are covered on those fronts. What you are left with is the act of consuming drugs. My contention is that the interests of liberty outweigh the benefits of illegality. Again, it is none of your business what I or anyone else decides to do with their life as long as we are not hurting you or your property, a violation of which is already provided for in the penal code. I am sorry that you believe this makes me mentally deficient. Thank goodness we have a first amendment or people like you would be committing people like me, which would be a gross violation of the freedoms set forth in our founding documents. Also, again you are free to believe that legalization will have no effect on the murder rate, but please try telling that to the people of Chicago after the Volstead Act was repealed. Please also try telling that to the tens of thousands of Mexican souls that perish every year because of the illicit drug trade. Legalization would undoubtedly save lives. Heck it can't get any worse than it is now and what we are doing now is not working. Ironically I think a pretty famous person once said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Who is advocating that we do the same thing over and over again?
Captain Ed January 23, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Sorry to hear that anonymous. I agree with what you said about drugs and dealers.
Robert Yates January 23, 2013 at 08:39 PM
While I do not think it was your intention, you proved my point in your post. For the past 40 years or so, we have spent billions trying to take out drug dealers and as you said the drugs are still very easily accessible and cheap. The strategy is not working. It's time to try something else - like liberty. Discussion and dialogue are free and simple ways to explore solutions to complex problems. Temptation, suffering and death are among the great mysteries of humanity. Talking about these things; working through them and hopefully finding some meaning and truth in them is very important. It's the way to get through the hard times you are facing now. please don't reject discussions; embrace it. It will help.
JAKE 2 January 24, 2013 at 02:35 PM
so sorry anonymous , its education to our youth...they dont know what path they are taking...they dont even know what addiction is....unless it does happen to them , then its to late...i do agree with you about the drug dealers , i know i would feel the same way...it would be hard not too !!! again , so sorry for your loss
been there January 25, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I was on this sight a year and a half ago and for the same reason as this person. (selling drugs. Heroin to be specific) I am clean from all drugs and alcohol since then. I can honestly say that I have never sold a bag to someone who wasn't looking for it and other than the dealers in cities who do profit from it financially the people in Lacey selling this stuff are not making money. They are supporting there habit which doesn't make it right it just makes it easier for them to stay high and when in active addiction that's all you care about. The easiest way too stay high. The sick thing about all of this is the fact that it's an epidemic killing our youth and for every one person they catch there are 100 getting away with it right here in Lacey. So let's not focus on useless information and get involved in your kids life a lot more than you are and be nosey. Being the cool parent is not always the best method. I'm glad the Lacey PD kicked my door in and sent me to jail because I would be dead. I didn't grow up thinking I was going to be a heroin addict nor did I ever think I would get my leg amputated because of my drug use but I did. I played sports and held good paying jobs. I just made a very poor decision at a point in my life when I didn't care anymore and suffered dearly for it. So for the love of God if you know something or someone involved in this lifestyle open your mouth and save a life.
JAKE 2 January 25, 2013 at 02:32 PM
your comment is so true !!! im living it through my daughters addiction !! i know my daughter better than anyone , and to see what her addiction has done to her mentally and physically... it s a bear ! I KNOW that if she knew the path this was gonna take her on , she never ever would have tried that pill in the first place, since that time she has moved on to heroin....) : which i was always afraid of that happening ..anyway , yes parents need to be very nosey , be a parent not a friend to your child... please dont be afraid to say no to them , and educate them... been there , your a strong person , thats why your still here ..good luck to you !!!
VoiceofReason January 25, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Have you stopped your daughter from these drugs yet or do you spend all of your time commenting on PATCH articles discussing how badly she is into drugs? It's a little odd that you almost seem to be happy to have this in common with others.
just lookin January 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Your right voice of reason, she should just walk right up to her daughter and say stop doing drugs! That's going to work let me tell you! You are insane and need to be educated.
JAKE 2 January 28, 2013 at 01:38 AM
VOICE OF REASON...What kind of person are you ? your unbelievable.... my daughter is 22....obviously you have no clue about addiction.... and when something happens to your family like this , i wouldnt want to see this happen to someone else s family and yes when you can talk to someone else about the same issue s it help s me deal with mine , and the success stories of addicts getting clean gives me hope....hope for my daughter..... and i can not stop her from doing drugs , she has got to want it bad enough herself to stop her drug use....i do not have the time to explain to you voice of reason all my husband and i have done for our daughter to help her break her addiction nor is it your business.... but i am certainly not happy , far from... you are a mean and nasty person with your comments.... learn about addiction , then ask me if i tried stopping my daughter from using drugs.....this is a hard topic for me , so to talk about it gives me some relief, some relief that maybe another family or parent may pick up on it before their child becomes addicted....so you as i have said before: you are no voice of reason !!!!!!!
JAKE 2 January 28, 2013 at 01:46 AM
@voiceofReason , and one more comment to you you ignorant person, my daughter does have her drug issues , but there are alot more young adults and adults far worse off than she is....i hate to say that , but it is true .....and you yourself spend some time on the Patch,, with nothing important to say except sarcastic remarks....and certainly no idea of the topic...no even close...
proud January 28, 2013 at 02:10 AM
@Jake2, you are being sucked in by an agitator
JAKE 2 January 28, 2013 at 02:25 PM
your right @ proud !!! absolutely right....
afamilymember January 30, 2013 at 03:55 AM
At this point, after knowing Kenny for years also, I believe that this was a choice and NOT an addiction issue. He is looking for some fast cash. I guess all of the time he has already spent in the various Correctional Institutions has only taught him how to be better at this craft, if you will. I believe that he has forgotten about his three beautiful children and the pain that WE hear in their voices...it breaks our hearts that he has that power....He has NO right to cause them that pain. They are innocent victims...I will stop now, as I have nothing nice to say and I no longer feel sorry for Ken. The rest of us have been parents/grandparents to the kids....he doesn't deserve them.
KrissyOakley January 30, 2013 at 04:25 AM
i Have to say to all that i personally have been thru hell with this man>>> and take care of his children now and always will! i have been thru my fair share with my own issues, but by the grace of god i am here for our children! his parents????? how bout kennys children, i have to deal with the pain he keeps causing them!!! he will never know what he has done to them but them just like myself will perservere and we will be ok with out him! i hate to say this and i tried to have all the faith in the word that he woud make it out of this but somehow i knew this would happen! for MY babies,,,,,, I HOPE YOU ROT!!!!!!
afamilymember January 31, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Krissy, we are so very proud of you and love you more than words can express...you know who this is...love you...xxxooo...
bob February 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM
wow @ robert yates eating bad food or smoking cigarettes is not going to make you kill or steal , you are an complete moron , who knows nothing about the real world ....and your mom probably folds your laundry .. you always have a choice in life..and thats whats this great country gives to you..
nick b March 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
@ Jake2... I would like to say that in no way shape or form is your daughter better off than any other addict... As a parent you should not be as passive as you are... I'm only 30 and although not a parent of an addict I myself am 29 months clean off a 10 year addiction to opiates... It may be kinda rough for you now but it only gets harder... Intervene while you have a chance... You can't stop her from getting high but you can stop enabling, lay down consequences... It took all of my friends and family writing me off and my house getting raided to open my eyes... there is still hope, don't let her slip any deeper.. Don't be passive, bust your ass and get your kid back...
JAKE 2 April 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
@nick b yes she is !!! she has our support when she is in recovery , alot of these addicts have no one in their lives !!! i am busting my butt !!!!but she has to want it more !!! im far from passive , but its ok , obviously your picking up something that i am saying , or misunderstanding me... she will no longer be living with us !!! she is outta Lacey... believe me the consquences she has now are alot harsher then anything i could give her !!! thank you for your input !!! and congrats to you for beimg sober 29 months .. awesome !!


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