Southern Ocean Woman Sentenced For Drug Distribution

Laurie Maxson (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  BARNEGAT – A local woman will be serving time for her part in drug distribution but exonerated her husband.

  Laurie Maxson, 54, of Barnegat, was sentenced to three years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute More than Five Ounces of Methamphetamine. She had been arrested on July 20, 2021 after police learned her home was being used to store and distribute pain medication. Approximately 37,000 tramadol pills – along with 3,400 pills originally believed to be hydrocodone – were seized.

  Laurie Maxson exonerated Jason Maxson at the time of her plea agreement on January 29, police said. Therefore, the charges against Jason Maxson were dismissed at the time of Laurie Maxson’s sentencing.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer commended the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke who handled the case on behalf of the State, and acknowledged the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspection Service, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Barnegat Police Department Crime Reduction Unit and Patrol Division, Stafford Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and K-9 Unit, Ocean Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, for their combined and collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Maxson’s guilty plea, and now her state prison sentence.