OCEAN COUNTY – A months-long investigation led to arrests of two men who were allegedly using a house in Manchester and another in Brick to distribute cocaine.
On May 13, no knock warrants were served at the two residences. Officers found multiple loaded firearms, approximately 1,050 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia indicative of distribution purposes, a high-end security system, and approximately $30,000 in cash.
Victor Mendoza-Gutierrez, 24, of Manchester, was arrested at the Manchester residence and Jose Quintero, 36, of Brick Township, was arrested in a motor vehicle stop.
Both men were charged with Possession of Cocaine in an Amount Greater than Five Ounces with Intent to Distribute; Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility; Possession of Cocaine in an Amount Greater than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense; two Counts of Possession of Cocaine; two Counts of Maintaining a Fortified Manufacturing Facility; two Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Possession of Marijuana.
Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues. These charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer thanked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Northern Ocean County/Monmouth Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force (HIDTA), Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, Brick Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Brick Township Police Department K-9 Unit, Brick Township Police Department SERT, Lakewood Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for their combined assistance in this investigation.