Police Say Man Dealt Cocaine, Had Weapon

Tiron Hester (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

BERKELEY – A man has been arrested and charged for distributing drugs after police seized about 30 grams of cocaine from his home.

  After conducting an investigation on narcotics distribution in the Ocean County area, detectives identified a home in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township allegedly being used to store and deal cocaine.

  On July 30, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Berkeley Township Police Department and Patrol Division and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit executed the search warrant on the home. Police said they seized approximately 30 grams of cocaine and a loaded Glock 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine containing hollow point bullets.

  As a result, the resident, Tiron Hester, 29, of Toms River, was arrested and charged 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 is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer commended the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, for their combined assistance in connection with this investigation.

  These charges are merely accusations and the public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.