Ocean County Man Sentenced For Heroin Distribution

Xavier Nelson (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  TOMS RIVER – A Toms River man has been sentenced to six years in prison for heroin distribution, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  On Oct. 25, 29-year old Xavier Nelson was sentenced to six years in New Jersey State Prison with a thirty-six month period of parole ineligibility for Distribution of Heroin. Nelson was also sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for Conspiracy to Possess Heroin and Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute. The sentences will run concurrently.

  Nelson pled guilty to the charges on September 13, 2019.

  On Dec. 19, 2018, following a months-long investigation, law enforcement executed search warrants at three residences in Toms River and Lakewood.  During the search, police discovered approximately 250 wax folds of heroin, as well as amounts of cocaine and marijuana, intended for distribution purposes.

  Prosecutor Billhimer thanked the following: Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor William Porter who ably handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Toms River Police Department Special Enforcement Team, Toms River Police Department Emergency Services Unit, Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lakewood Police Department Special Response Team, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit for their combined efforts in bringing Nelson to justice and helping to securing a substantial state prison term.