TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY — An arrest last week in Brick Township where more than $35,000 worth of heroin and hollow-point bullets were seized was part of a larger investigation into a ring distributing heroin and fentanyl in the area, authorities said Wednesday.
Phillip Tarver, 34, of Toms River, was arrested Feb. 8 in Brick on a warrant that was issued following December raids at three homes — one in Toms River, one in Berkeley Township and one in South Toms River — identified by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Monmouth Ocean High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force as sources of the distribution, Toms River police said in a news release.
In the raid, more than $210,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, more than a half-kilogram of cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, several ounces of fentanyl, and unspecified quantities of heroin and MDMA were seized, police said. In addition, the South Toms River home was being used for manufacturing and packaging heroin, authorities said, and had items commonly used to “cut” heroin and fentanyl, along with numerous empty bags used to distribute heroin.
Arrested during the December raids were:
- Yolonda Richardson, 37, of South Main Street, South Toms River.
- Kimberly Tolbert, 51, of Washington Street, Toms River.
- Fatinah Dillard, 25, of Washington Street, Toms River.
- Jamal Barney, 19, of 10th Street, Berkeley Township.
Tarver, who authorities said was the primary target of the raids, was not at any of the three locations so the warrant was issued, police said. Brick Township police said the following was seized when Tarver was arrested:
- About 200 grams (7 ounces) of heroin with an estimated street value of $35,000
- Two 30-round high capacity magazines fully loaded with .223 caliber ammunition, plus an additional 292 rounds
- 51 hollow point bullets (.223 caliber)
- A .380-caliber magazine loaded with six bullets plus an additional 50 rounds
- 99 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition
- About $1,700 in cash.
Toms River police said the December raids were the result of a two-month investigation by members of the Monmouth Ocean HIDTA Task Force. The task force and New Jersey State Police, along and officers from the Toms River, Berkeley Township and South Toms River police departments, served the warrants and the raids were carried out by the DEA Special Response Team, New Jersey State Police TEAMS unit and the Toms River Police Department Emergency Service Unit.
Tarver has been charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin/fentanyl, possession of a firearm during a CDS offense and possession of MDMA in connection with the December raids, police said. He additionally was charged with Tarver was obstructing, hindering apprehension, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute (over 5 ounces) in the Brick arrest, police there said.
Yolonda Richardson was charged with first-degree possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, first-degree maintaining a heroin manufacturing facility, possession of cocaine and crack cocaine and possession of marijuana, police said.
Kimberly Tolbert and Fatinah Dillard each were charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin/fentanyl, possession of a firearm during a CDS offense and possession of MDMA, police said.
Jamal Barney was charged with possession of heroin and possession of marijuana, police said.
Tarver remains in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, according to Ocean County Corrections records. Tolbert, Dillard, Richardson and Barney all have been released under the bail reform act.
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