The Ocean County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Strike Force concludes a two-month investigation into illegal drug activity with two raids in South Toms River including Midtown Pizza on Dover Road last week, announced Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.

Detectives from the Narcotics Strike Force collaborated with South Toms River Police to conduct an investigation into the distribution of Cocaine in the area which has since resulted in the arrest of three Ocean County residents on charges.

On Friday, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with members of the South Toms River Police Department, the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit executed search warrants for an address in South Toms River and Midtown Pizza.

As a result, officers seized about 45 grams of Cocaine as well as various quantities of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – all indicative of possession with intent to distribute and outright distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances.

At this time, approximately $19,000.00 in cash was seized in connection with the investigation.

Prosecutor Billhimer’s newly established Asset Forfeiture Unit will determine if additional seizures are warranted.

As a result of the raids, three Ocean County residents are facing a slew of charges today.

Hector Miranda, 33, of South Toms River, was charged with two Counts of Possession With Intent to Distribute More than One Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-5b(2); Distribution of More than One Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-5b(2); two Counts of Possession of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:35-10a(1); Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:21-25a; Possession With Intent to Distribute More Than One Ounce but less than Five Pounds of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-5b(11); Possession of Marijuana less than Fifty Grams in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-10a(4); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:36-2.

Miranda is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Brian Rung, 32, of Beachwood, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute More than One Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of More than One Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Cocaine in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-10a(1); Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:21-25a; Possession with Intent to Distribute More than One Ounce but Less than Five Pounds of Marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:35-5b(11); Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana in violation of 2C:35-10a(4); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:36-2.

Rung was released from the Ocean County Jail pending a future court date.

Erika Torres-Bruno, 32, of South Toms River, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine in a Quantity less than One Half Ounce in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A.2C:35-5b(3).

Torres-Bruno was released from the Ocean County Jail pending a future court date.

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