Barnegat Couple Charged With Distributing Drugs

Jason Maxson and Laurie Maxson (Photos courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

  TOMS RIVER– A Barnegat couple has been charged with the distribution of narcotics according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  The Prosecutor stated that detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force working with multiple law enforcement agencies, identified a residence in Barnegat that was being used by Jason Maxson, 50, and Laurie Maxson, 51, to illegally store and distribute pain medication throughout the state.

  Detectives from the Prosecutor’s NSF along with Agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Barnegat Township Police Department Crime Reduction Unit and Patrol Division, Ocean Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, established surveillance of the Barnegat house on July 20.

  The detectives monitored the Maxson’s as they left their home and entered a 2021 Honda Accord.  Barnegat Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop and the Maxson’s were arrested without incident.

  A court-authorized search warrant was issued to examine the Barnegat residence and officers found approximately 37,000 Tramadol pills and 3,400 Hydrocodone pills. The couple were both transported to Barnegat Township Police Headquarters where they were charged and released on a summons pending a future court appearance.

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  Jason Maxson was charged with Possession of Hydrocodone Pills with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Tramadol Pills with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Hydrocodone Pills; Possession of Tramadol Pills and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

  His wife was likewise charged with Possession of Hydrocodone Pills with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Tramadol Pills with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Hydrocodone Pills; Possession of Tramadol Pills; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  Billhimer thanked the many law enforcement units that worked with his office’s Narcotics Strike Force which included the 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 Township Police Department Crime Reduction Unit and Patrol Division, Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and K-9 Unit, Ocean Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.