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PHOTOS: 26 arrested after sweeps of alleged NJ drug dealers

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A total of 26 people were arrested in three separate sweeps targeting alleged drug dealers in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said on Tuesday that the operations were conducted throughout the county between late May and early June.

The largest operation culminated on Thursday, June 2, in what was dubbed "Operation MVP." The prosecutor's office said it was named after 23-year-old Melvin Vankpana, aka "Money," who is accused of managing and directing the heroin distribution network in Ocean County.

His network was responsible for the import of some 25,000 doses of heroin every week into Ocean County, investigators say. The investigation culminated with 18 arrests and the seizure of approximately 8,000 doses of heroin, prescription pills, cocaine, marijuana, an AR-15 assault rifle, a Ruger semi-automatic pistol, and approximately $40,000 in cash.

The following 18 people were arrested as a result of operation "MVP."

SUSPECTS:

Melvin Vankpana, 23, of Waverly Avenue, Neptune Township NJ
Charged with Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $300,000 Cash Only

Luis Rodriguez, 26, of Cedarbridge Avenue, Lakewood NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin and Cocaine, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin and Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin and Cocaine
Bail $150,000 No 10 Percent

Quaoirah Vaughn/Rodriguez,23, Cedarbridge Avenue, Lakewood NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Released on a Summons

Nyshawne Sutton, 35, Cedarbridge Avenue, Lakewood NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $150,000 Cash Only

Marcus Jones, 40, East Seventh Street, Lakewood NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $150,000 No 10%

Tarell Jones, 26, Alder Sreet, Lakewood NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $150,000 No 10%

Mathew Green, 27, Albany Avenue, Jackson NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $200,000 No 10%

Timothy Moore, 20, Albany Avenue, Jackson NJ (Home Address)
Charged with Possession of Heroin and Marijuana.
Released on a Summons

Kashawn Cotte, 24, Lonna Court, Brick NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $100,000 No 10%

Jerron Evans, 33, Arlington Drive, Toms River NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin, Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense and Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm..
Bail $200,000 Cash Only

William Davis, 20, Arlington Drive, Toms River NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin and Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense.
Bail $100,000 Cash Only

Samora Burgess, 28, Arlington Drive, Toms River NJ (Home Address)
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin, Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense.
Bail $750,000 No 10 %

Candido Jackson, 28, Massachusetts Avenue, Lakewood NJ (Home Address)
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $150,000 No 10%

Yahnie Patterson, 28, Currently Incarcerated in the Monmouth County Jail
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $150,000 Cash Only

Nakayla Adams, 25, Wicker Place, Morganville NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $75,000 No 10%

Aniya Lynn, 25, West County Line Road, Jackson NJ
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $100,000 No 10%

Erika Ortiz, 24, Merlin Avenue, Lakewood NJ (Home Address)
Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
Bail $100,000 No 10%

Altariq Montgomery, 22, Albany Avenue, Jackson NJ (Home Address)
Charged with Possession of CDS (Percocet).
Released on a Summons

The first of the three operations was conducted on May 25 and targeted the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township and South Toms River. It resulted in six arrests and the seizure of nearly a thousand bags of heroin, a quantity of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia and approximately $6,000 in cash, according to the prosecutor's office.

SUSPECTS:

Tashema Cotman, 38, of Attison Avenue, South Toms River, NJ was charged with 5 counts Possession of Heroin, 5 counts of Possession of Heroin under one half ounce with Intent to Distribute and 5 counts of distribution of heroin. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail at $125,000, no ten percent. Cotman was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Amanda Pomeroy, 27, of Applegate Avenue, South Toms River, NJ was charged with 2 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail at $25,000, no ten percent. Pomeroy was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Shaquonda Dorsey, 37, of Belmont Drive, South Toms River, NJ was charged with 1 count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail at $50,000, no ten percent. Dorsey was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Hakim Singleton, 38, of Belmont Drive, South Toms River, NJ was charged with 4 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail at $150,000, cash bail. Singleton was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Jabbar Graham, 38, of First Avenue, Berkeley Township, NJ was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Graham was subsequently released on a summons.

Rachael Cole, 27, of Charles Avenue, South Toms River, NJ was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Cole was subsequently released on a summons.

The next operation, on May 26, resulted in two arrests and the seizure of Oxycodone prescription pain killers, along with quantities of "Wax" (a derivative of the marijuana plant that is smoked from pipes), assorted drug paraphernalia and approximately $2350 in cash, the prosecutor's office said.

SUSPECTS:

Kelly Borden, 46, of Blaine Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ was charged with 2 counts Possession of CDS (Oxycodone), 2 counts of Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) with Intent to Distribute, 2 counts of distribution of CDS (Oxycodone), 1 count of Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) and 1 count of Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) with intent to Distribute. Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail at $25,000, no ten percent. Borden was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail.

Thomas Melvin, 21, of Blaine Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ was charged with Possession of Marijuana (Wax), Possession of Marijuana (Wax) with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernelia. Melvin was subsequently released on a summons.

Meanwhile, three suspects remain at large.

AT LARGE:

Jameer Jones, 22, of Stark Street, Lakewood NJ. Wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Dasean Donaldson, 20, of 15 Sylvan Court Lakewood NJ. Wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Dajun Morris, 23, of of Marshall Street, Lakewood NJ. Wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals are asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Special Operations Group at 732-341-6150 or 732-929-2027.
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