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The two-month investigation led to the arrests of five Ocean County residents.

Five people were arrested after authorities say they executed a massive drug bust in Ocean County that led to the seizure of cocaine, fentanyl and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

The arrests followed a two-month investigation, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Monmouth-Ocean High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, in which authorities raided three locations in Toms River, South Toms River and Berkeley Township, according to a statement released Wednesday from the Toms River Police Department.

Police said the busts turned up more than a half-kilogram of cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, several ounces of fentanyl and quantities of heroin and MDMA, the key component found in the drug ecstasy.

In the South Toms River location, police said, detectives discovered a heroin manufacturing and packaging facility.

The sweeps also led to the seizure of more than $210,000 of cash and a loaded handgun, according to the police statement.

Yolanda Richardson, 37, of South Toms River, was charged with drug distribution offenses and maintaining a heroin-manufacturing facility.

Kimberly Tolbert, 51, and Fatinah Dillard, 25, both of Toms River, were each charged with drug possession, drug distribution and possession of a firearm.

Jamal Barney, 19, of Berkeley, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of marijuana.

A fifth defendant, Philip Tarver, was arrested on a later date and charged with possession of heroin and ammunition.

Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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