UPDATE: More Toms River Heroin Arrests; Over 10,000 Dosages In Two Busts

Drugs had a value of more than $50,000, police said

Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
The heroin epidemic that's plagued Ocean County in recent years continued to rear itself this week in Toms River.

Police scored two major drug busts over the past two days which resulted in the seizure of more than 10,000 wax folds of heroin.

On Thursday, the department's Special Enforcement Team, along with the DEA's Atlantic City office conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle off of Route 37 in the Toms River Center parking lot near the Kohl’s Department Store, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

The traffic stop was the result of a joint investigation into drug distribution in the Ocean County area and resulted in the seizure of 10,000 wax folds - 200 bricks - of heroin, said Stocco, as well as the arrest of three people.

Victor Tavarez-Rosario, 21, of New York City, Jose Ariel Taveras-Cabrera, 25, of The Bronx, and Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera, 28, of New York City, were all arrested.

All three were charged with possession of heroin and possession of over five ounces of heroin with the intent to distribute, which is a first degree crime. 

The estimated weight of the narcotics seized is 400 grams worth an estimated street value of $50,000, Stocco said.

Tavarez-Rosario is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, and Jose Ariel Taveras-Cabrera and Jose Alberto Taveras-Cabrera are being held in lieu of $350,000 bail and are being detained on I.C.E. detainers for immigration violations, said Stocco.

In addition, the day before the Route 37 bust, members of the department's Special Enforcement Team raided a hotel room at the Howard Johnson's off Route 37.

The target of the investigation, John E. McDaniel, 37, of Lakewood, was identified as a distributor of heroin in Toms River and Lakewood, said Stocco. During the raid, 864 wax folds of heroin, six bottles of Methadone, packaging material and $3,764 in U.S. currency were seized.

McDaniel was held on $75,000 bail after he was charged with possession of heroin, possession of Methadone and possession of heroin over one half ounce with the intent to distribute. 

Also arrested was Danielle Giberson, of Lakewood, for possession of Methadone and on the strength of an active warrant.

Stocco said the SET team was responsible for taking 16,000 dosages of heroin off the streets last year.

Upon being appointed chief earlier this month, Chief Mitch Little said he has expanded the unit and given them additional resources.

"This unit is invaluable to the Department and the township," Little said. "Our success is due to the talent and dedication of its members under the leadership and command of Captain Bruce Burgess of the Criminal Investigation Bureau."

"I am working closely with the mayor and township officials to get the department the resources it needs to succeed in this mission to combat the epidemic of drugs," the chief also said, in a statement. "They have been very supportive of the police department in this effort."
Joey Joe January 31, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Great job TRPD... However, I suspect for every heroin packet you grab there are many more making it through to the addicts....sad but true... But at least these two busts show that law enforcement agencies are out there doing a good job... it'll never be 100% contained...the law of supply and demand will always dictate....
WMS826 January 31, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Death penalty case. Stop all these people who come from these known areas. Have you now seen the need for profiling.
jeff January 31, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Enough of this sh*t, DEATH ON THE SPOT before this gets worse.
barbara January 31, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Way to go TRPD, agencies involved and Mr. Coronado, who seems to be really on the ball with these busts. Keep going after these scumbags!
Frank Schapitl January 31, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Job well done I am looking forward to reading about future busts!!
cindy February 01, 2014 at 01:09 AM
The pieces of doo doo. Glad you got these jerks off the street
Gino De Lucia February 01, 2014 at 02:37 AM
OMG Racial profiling? Good... keep on doing it because it's these idiots that keep on doing these crimes. (And to those of you that don't like my post~ Tough shit~ wake the hell up and smell the coffee!!!)
Clementine Snide February 01, 2014 at 08:18 AM
I agree with @Joey Joe...good job, indeed. But like a hydra, for every one bag that's removed, two more seem to pop up. There has to be a better way to combat this sort of thing. Sometimes it just feels so futile.
tax paying concerned citizen February 01, 2014 at 08:47 AM
They need to raid 33 sylvan lakes boulevard in bayville, that is a definite drug hub.....just a concerned relative.
Keeping whats mine February 01, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Euthanize these pieces of sh*t for murder. Because its gonna happen again and again. Zero tolerance is the only answer.
Mike L February 01, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Another way is possibly embarras the buyer and the parents. I believe that dogs should go the the schools at random and sniff the lockers from the outside. I remember when athletic teachers were selling.
Deep Throat February 01, 2014 at 12:27 PM
They can't profile enough as far as I'm concerned. 90 % of the arrests and heinous crimes that we see involve minorities and that's just the plain fact!! If you disagree, which is your right, then turn on the news any night and see who is involved in any of the crimes for the first 5 minutes. Hispanic, black, hispanic, black etc etc etc . And the beat goes on because no one has the balls to address it.
grace February 01, 2014 at 01:19 PM
wow that jersey shore is open commercial worked in a negative way!! stay away i say!!! what a mess..the ho jo is a perfect spot for those dealers to leave guns do robberies and sell their wares..hope the police can start profiling there and everywhere! i am also for a stop and frisk law like they did in nyc..why not?
ray herrmann February 01, 2014 at 01:42 PM
The war on drugs could be won in a week,just start shooting anyone caught with more than one bag of this shit,immediately in the head
bob February 01, 2014 at 02:40 PM
This won't even put a dent into the problem, waste of time and money. We lost the war on drugs decades ago, legalization is the only way to stop the criminals.
suz February 01, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Now this is local, newsworthy Patch reporting. Not the other crap you have been printing all day.
disgusted homeowner February 01, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Look, another gem of ocean county, a diamond in the rough at 21, a felon. Only $75,000 bail??? Make it $500,000 so they can't make bond and get out. He will make the 75k get out and be selling again by night fall. Higher bail and no plea bargains. That will stop this crap.
Harold Frazee February 01, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Always glad to read about this! TRPD keep kicking ass. Enough of this poison on our streets. This crap all started with the "Jersey Shore" idiots and the garbage they brought in with them. Go the F home and leave our town to us.
Clementine Snide February 01, 2014 at 07:16 PM
This trend began in the '90's here. Reach back to the Danny Tonkovich story. 1997, I think. Back when TRHS (I think it was North? Anyone?) was "Heroin High"... This crap most certainly did NOT start with the "Jersey Shore idiots." Not that I advocate their asshattery and irresponsible behavior. But don't think this is a "new" thing...
TR February 01, 2014 at 08:12 PM
I have said it before and Ill say it again......Drug dealers (not users but accused dealers) need to be charged with attempted MURDER.......PERIOD!!! Watch how quick they find a new line of work!!!!!!!
Silence Dogood February 01, 2014 at 10:50 PM
They should get 10 years for every name they have. 30 years each even McCain just for being a dirt bag
none of yobusiness February 01, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Put them in prison then put them on their banana boat right back were they came from.
Clementine Snide February 02, 2014 at 09:25 AM
@TR: If an overdose death can be traced directly to a specific dealer, that dealer can be charged with murder. Whereby I hear your frustration and anger, it's just not viable to charge dealers with attempted murder. That'd be like charging motorists with attempted manslaughter simply because they drive and have the ability to cause such damage. I understand the fear, the frustration, the outrage... it's horrifying. I've seen family after family, including my own, be destroyed by "dope". But what to do? The war on drugs feels like a waste of money and resources. At least the way we're fighting it now. And no, I have no "answer"... legalizing drugs like this doesn't seem quite like and answer, but it seems closer somehow. As long as there is scads of money to be made in an illegal industry, said industry will flourish. But making heroin legal... I see too many addicts everyday to say that feels like a safe answer. Hard times. Sad times. My heart goes out to all the shouts of anger and despair...
grace February 02, 2014 at 02:30 PM
@ harold frazee..i grew up in toms river the heroin and drugs were around in the 60s..jersey shore didnt bring them in..i think a slacking off from some uppers played a big part..toms river was run by ritacco and all his friends looking the other way for friends and family..sorry but the old police chief was one of them...this is part of the problem
grace February 02, 2014 at 02:32 PM
you so right @ my darlin clementine..back in the 60s were a few heroin users/ dealers that i remember..dunno if its ok to mention names so i will try not to...
Mister Matt February 02, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Ideally we would like to see the dealers apprehended and subjected to a hot load injected in their neck. Then just have the ME's Office scoop them up for a quick cremation burial. This would not only send a message to other dealers but save the taxpayers as well.
Mister Matt February 02, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Effective law enforcement always involves some type of profiling, sometimes racial in nature. If not, then our police and officials are not doing what we have charged them to do. Well done TRPD as well as the Atlantic City DEA Unit! We thank you!!
Clementine Snide February 02, 2014 at 05:44 PM
@grace: good form not naming names. I overstepped the boundary calling out Danny. I first encountered heroin in the mid-60's. It seemed to have gone underground by the early 80's, seemingly replaced with the likes of MDMA and crack. Heroin again reared its ugly head in the early to mid 90's, surfacing as the boomerang street reaction to its rx cousins Vicodin and OxyContin. Heroin has an extensive on-again-off-again relationship with these United States spanning into two centuries. Its parent, Opium, of course has millennia experience... Today we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman to the drug. I'd love to believe this death will open eyes to the blight, but it won't. As have none before it. People will cluck their tongues and whisper 'junkie' and 'waste' under their breath, just as they do about the people they only read about in the paper. Easy to sit and cast disparaging epithets. But the people that are lost are daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, sister and brothers... each was cherished by SOMEONE before, during and after addiction ravaged their lives. Enough of my soapbox rankings. Sparing a thought for all the broken lives and hearts.
grace February 03, 2014 at 11:28 AM
thanks @ clementine you surely are a darlin
grace February 03, 2014 at 11:32 AM
actually the more i remember it was early 70s when i came into contact with that horrible drug..took an old friend too


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