BERKELEY – A 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged for distributing marijuana and more after several neighbors complained he was selling pot from his home.
On October 20, Berkeley Detectives assisted by Berkeley Patrol executed three court authorized narcotics search warrants in multiple jurisdictions in Ocean County.
This occurred after multiple neighbors in the Berkeley community complained that for the past several months a resident on Vail Street was selling and distributing marijuana from the home. This home is located in the senior citizen community Holiday City West.
According to police, the resident was distributing so often that is caused significant pedestrian and car traffic to the area, affecting the normally quiet location.
As a result of these warrants, police arrested Daniel Kessel who was operating under the business name of “Bud Hub.” Police also seized marijuana, related paraphernalia, a Jeep Gladiator and over $400,000 in cash.
Kessel was charged with 2nd degree Money Laundering, possession of Marijuana, possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute, and distribution of Marijuana. More charges are expected as the evidence is processed, police said. Kessel was transported to the Ocean County Jail in accordance with bail reform.
“We would like our residents to know that we respect and acknowledges the fact that the marijuana laws have changed significantly in the past year with its structured legalization. With that being said, it is still unlawful to distribute this marijuana outside the confines of the new laws,” Berkeley Township Police said in a statement.
Residents are also reminded that they can report suspicious activity to the Police Department by calling 732-341-1132 x 611. Tips can be anonymous.
This successful operation was conducted with the assistance of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Strike Force, the Ocean Gate Police Department, the Lacey Township Detective Bureau and the Toms River Township Police Department.