Two Hazlet men have been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute following a motor vehicle stop on Beers Street on August 22.
Because they were arrested near the Beers Street Elementary School, they were also slapped with possession while within a school zone.
According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Bret Toms, 53, of Racoon Drive is accused of conspiring with Sean Moynahan, 29, of Carriage Drive to distribute heroin, a controlled dangerous substance, a third degree offense.
Police also charged Toms with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, while within 1,000 feet of a school, also a third degree offense.
The quantity was described by police as less than 5 ounces. Heroin is packaged for sale and distributed in small amounts.
According to Hazlet Township Police, Moynahan has also been charged with the identical drug charges, and additionally, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Several Hazlet police officers participated in the bust. They were Ptl. Chris Acevedo, Sgt. Ted Wittke, Ptl. Kevin Geoghan and his K-9, Diablo, and Ptl. Vincent Quinn.
Det. Jerry Burgos signed the complaint.
Hazlet Police Chief James Broderick praised his department for the arrest, despite the fact the force is down 16 men from its high a few years ago and has no dedicated narcotics team. "Parents would be suprised to know how prevalent heroin is in the community," Broderick said.
Moynahan was processed at headquarters and released. Toms is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail with no ten percent option, set by Judge Michael Pugliese.