A Toms River man is making a return trip to jail, maybe even prison, after being arrested for storing and dealing cocaine out of a home in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township.

(Photo Courtesy: The Ocean County Prosecutors Office)

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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced the end of the investigation Tuesday in which Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, the Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit ended up identifying a residence in Manitou Park being utilized to store and distribute Cocaine.

Detectives were able to obtain a court-authorized search warrant for the residence and once inside on July 30, they found and seized about 30 grams of Cocaine and a loaded Glock 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine containing hollow point bullets.

The man behind the cocaine deals, Tiron Hester, 29, of Toms River, was then arrested.

Already with a history of crime, Hester is charged this time around with Possession of More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense, Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine and Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition.

Hester was processed at the Berkeley Township Police Department and remains in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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