MANCHESTER – A Whiting resident was among those arrested by the Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) in connection to an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine throughout Ocean County.
The investigation identified an address on Amesbury Road in the Crestwood Village 6 community of Whiting, which was utilized to store and distribute quantities of methamphetamine.
Christopher Waugh, 57, was charged on August 31with distributing methamphetamine. NET detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop around 1 p.m. after Waugh left the house. Police said a search of his car revealed drug paraphernalia.
While on the stop, the driver, Frank Cragin, 58, of Toms River, was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Waugh and Cragin were arrested for drug paraphernalia pending further investigation.
Ocean County Regional SWAT Team along with members of the Manchester Township Police Investigations Bureau executed the search warrant at the Amesbury Road address.
Detectives seized 17 grams of methamphetamine (street value of approximately $1,700), 50 doses of heroin, a quantity of Alprazolam and Clonazepam tablets, and drug paraphernalia consistent with drug distribution. Also located at the residence, was Jessica L. Bischoff, age 36, of Manahawkin, who was identified as a co-conspirator.
Waugh was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute more than one-half ounce of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Schedule IV Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Frank Cragin was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Jessica L. Bischoff was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Residents are reminded that drug-related tips can be reported to the Manchester Township Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website at manchesterpolicenj.com.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.