Nine Month Probe Leads To Drug Arrest In Ocean County

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JACKSON – A Jackson man is facing serious drug charges after he was collared up by police, following a nine month investigation.

Jackson Township Police said 40-year-old Michael Canto was arrested Thursday, August 1st during a motor vehicle stop. Police had long suspected he was manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

Police Captain Steven Laskiewicz said in a news release that the investigation began in November of 2018.

Canto was stopped while he was driving down West Commodore Boulevard. A search of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine and material used to manufacture the drug.

Police said they seized Canto’s 1998 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2002 Ford F150 which also allegedly had drug making materials and chemicals inside. 

Michael Canto (Photo by Ocean County Jail)

The New Jersey State Police Hazmat Unit aided in the search. Police also said that an inert mortar round was found in his truck.

Canto was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and 1st degree maintaining a facility for the manufacture of methamphetamine.  

He was taken into custody and remains in the Ocean County Jail.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force Unit also assisted with the probe.