Major Drug Bust in Lake Como Made by Belmar Police

Marijuana, LSD & Mushrooms Discovered During Execution of Warrant in Belmar NJ

Two Lake Como Borough residents were taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant on their Main Street home by the Belmar Police Department. 

Lake Como, which is a tiny borough located inside the borders of Belmar, is actually patrolled by the Belmar Police Department. It is unclear at this point in time how long the Belmar Police Department has been actively investigating the two individuals for but based on the initial reports, it appears to be for a rather substantial period of time. At least long enough for the officers to gather enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the their home. It is unknown at this point in time what evidence was used to obtain the search warrant but it more likely than not included anyone of the following: surveillance of the home, undercover buys, controlled buys and/or anonymous tips.

Armed with a search warrant, the officers executed the warrant on the Main Street home on April 3rd. The search warrant allegedly turned up a slew of drugs, including the following:

Also located inside the home was $67,200 in cash. The main Defendant, a thirty-three year old male, was formally charged with the following offenses:

He was taken to the Monmouth County Jail where he was detained pending a Detention Hearing. During this hearing the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be seeking to detain the Defendant in the county jail, without bail, pending trial. The other resident in the home was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Since the Defendant was charged with possession only offenses, the Defendant was taken processed on a summons and released on his own recognize.

Facing a Drug Charge in Belmar New Jersey?

All drug distribution, manufacturing and possession with the intent to distribute charges in New Jersey are considered indictable offenses, also known as a felony. The degree of the indictable offense can range anywhere from a fourth degree felony all the way up to a first degree felony. The degree of the specific offense will depend on the specific type and quantity of the drug in question. Here is a quick chart that will breakdown the different degrees and the penalties if convicted:

  • Heroin; Cocaine; Methamphetamine; MDMA; Ecstasy:
    • 1st Degree = Greater than 5 Ounces
      • 10 to 20 Years in Prison
    • 2nd Degree = Greater than 1/2 Ounce but Less than 5 Ounces
      • 5 to 10 Years in Prison
    • 3rd Degree = Less than 1/2 Ounce
      • 3 to 5 Years in Prison
  • Marijuana:
    • 1st Degree = Greater than 25 Pounds
      • 10 to 20 Years in Prison
    • 2nd Degree = Greater than 5 pounds but Less than 25 Pounds
      • 5 to 10 Years in Prison
    • 3rd Degree = Greater than 1 Ounce but Less than 5 Pounds
      • 3 to 5 Years in Prison
    • 4th Degree = Less than 1 Ounce
      • 18 Months in Prison

Marijuana Distribution Lawyer in Belmar NJ

Have you been arrested and charged with a drug offense in Belmar? If so, Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our office is a Monmouth County based criminal defense firm that has been representing clients accused of various drug offenses including the possession of marijuana, the distribution of cocaine, the possession of MDMA with the intent to distribute as well as distributing CDS in a school zone in towns throughout Monmouth County for the better part of the last decade. If you would like to speak to one of our Belmar criminal defense lawyers about your options, then please contact our office directly at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online. As always, our initial consultations are always free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on this offense, please checkout Asbury Park Press’s article labeled, Belmar cops seize pot, mushrooms, LSD, ketamine, meth, car, $67G cash in Lake Como raid.

Author: Keith G. Oliver

Founding partner Keith G. Oliver has a passion for helping people who are caught up in the criminal justice system. He believes that everyone has a right to be presumed innocent, and that one mistake shouldn’t define a person forever. This passion drives Mr. Oliver to tirelessly fight for his clients and pursue the best possible outcome in every case.