Barnegat Crime Reduction Unit Records Drug-Related Arrests

By Eric Englund | Jan 15, 2020

Barnegat, NJ — The Barnegat Police Crime Reduction Unit had another busy year in 2019 as the agency continues to focus on drug distribution and gang-related offenses. According to a post on the department’s Facebook Page, the CRU made more than 140 arrests last year and seized over $70,000 in illegal drugs and contraband.

Among the types of offenses included were 72 charges of distribution or intent to distribute drugs, 58 charges of possession of heroin and 26 charges of possession of cocaine. Other charges included possession of prescription medications, possession of MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), possession of PCP, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a handgun, possession of a prohibited weapon, robbery and prostitution.

Police Chief Keith Germain said CRU was launched in 2018 to proactively address drug and gang issues before they could “take root and metastasize in the Barnegat community.”

“Due to the outstanding work of CRU in concert with our uniformed and investigative personnel, Barnegat continues to enjoy historically low crime rates,” he said. “We’d also like to thank our partners in Ocean County including the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, the Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the Ocean Township Police Department, who contributed to our success through sharing intelligence, resources and personnel. And special thanks goes out to the Barnegat community who continues to support the agency and work hand in hand with us as we identify and address concerns and issues in the community.” —E.E.

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