Cops Seize 3,400 Dosages of Heroin From Suspected Dealers in Toms River

Two face drug distribution charges after motor vehicle stop near apartment complex

Tyrone Velez (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Tyrone Velez (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
An investigation into drug activity led to the arrest of two Monmouth County men and the seizure of 3,400 dosage units of heroin, as well as cash, authorities said.

During the course of the investigation, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office's Northern Enforcement Unit identified a 2003 Nissan Xterra allegedly being utilized by Tyrone Velez, 27, and Jahmere Crooms, 25, both of Neptune, to store and distribute heroin in Ocean County, Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said in a statement.

Detectives and Toms River police officers located the SUV in in the area of Hampton Garden Apartments located on James Street in Toms River and executed a motor vehicle stop, then searched the vehicle after obtaining a warrant, said Al Della Fave of the prosecutor's office.

Detectives found approximately 3,400 individual dosage units of heroin along with approximately $1,600 in cash during the search, Della Fave said.

Both men were arrested and transported to the Toms River Police Department. The 2003 Nissan was also seized pending forfeiture proceedings. The seized heroin has a street value in excess of $20,000, said Della Fave.

Velez, of Wayside Road in Neptune, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson Jr. set bail on Velez at $175,000 cash. He was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Crooms, of Monroe Avenue in Neptune, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. Hodgson set bail on Crooms at $175,000 cash. Crooms was not listed as an inmate in the jail on Thursday.

Assisting in the investigation were members of the Ocean County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, the Toms River Police Department Operations Bureau and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Narcotics Task Force.

Marynary May 16, 2014 at 09:03 AM
The new TR police administration seems a lot more into narcotics enforcement.
Linny May 16, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Come on until a lot of these low life dealers are caught and the kids that are buying from them start squealing on them to save not only their lives but that of their friends lives nothing is going to change.. time and time again we hear of an arrest but for every one that is arrested there are 10 more... please wake up and starting telling where these dirtbags are .. they are getting rich while you are going 10 ft under or burned ..
mar May 16, 2014 at 07:33 PM
As a community all of us need to report any suspicious activity to the authorities !!! We all play a part in in this war, let's help the police all we can to get as much of this scum and the drugs off the street!!!
Linny May 19, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Yes thank you mar my sentiments exactly.. we ALL have to let the police know any and all things that look suspicious in order to get this scum off our streets!!! but now a days there are alot of people that dont want to get involved for fear that the bad guys will get them.. There should be a hotline for people to call and report such things to police this way they wouldn*t have to worry about their identity being known.. What do you think??
Juliana Brady May 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Major dent for the weekend.


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