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Long Branch Roommates Facing Drugs, Weapons Charges

FREEHOLD: The following is a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office:

A Long Branch homeowner and his roommate were arrested Thursday on the heels of a months-long investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics in the city, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The 46-year-old owner of 177 West End Ave. and his 47-year-old roommate 47 were arrested and charged Oct. 22 after investigators with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics and Gang Bureau and Long Branch Police Street Crimes Unit seized over 4,000 bags of heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, drug distribution paraphernalia, $8,000 in cash,a .22 caliber handgun, 9mm replica handgun and several knives.

They were each charged with second degree counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to have weapons; third degree counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin with intent to distribute with 1,000 feet of a school (Long Branch High School), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute with 1,000 feet of a school; and a disorderly persons charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The homeowner is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $401,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O'Brien Kilgallen. The roommate is being held on $551,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Judge Kilgallen.

If convicted of the second degree offenses, the men each face a sentence of five to ten years in prison on each of the counts

If convicted of third degree charges, the men each face up three to five years in prison on each of the charges.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Matthews, Director of the Office's Narcotics and Criminal Enterprises Unit.


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