Police Arrest Alleged Meth Lab Owner

John B. Sharpe (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  STAFFORD – Police arrested a man for allegedly operating a meth lab.

  A call to the department said that there was suspicious activity on the property of 1236 Grays Road in the Warren Grove section of Stafford Township. Police checked it out at around 5 p.m. on November 28.

  The officers found equipment that suggested the use or manufacture of methamphetamine. Also recovered were various illegal drugs and some unidentified pills.

  John B. Sharpe, 37, of Galloway, was arrested for a warrant out of Galloway. After the scene was deemed secure, officers searched the property. He was then also charged with 3rd degree Possession of Methamphetamine, 3rd degree Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, 3rd degree Possession of Heroin, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia including numerous digital scales and plastic baggies, and Possession of numerous hypodermic syringes for the use of CDS. Additional charges might be pending after the lab determines what the pills are.

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  The case was investigated by the Stafford Township Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit, the Ocean County Narcotic’s Strike Force Unit, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. As a safety measure, more uniformed officers were called in, as well as the Hazmat Team out of Berkeley Township, the Warren Grove Fire Department Station 38, Stafford EMS Squad 38, and additional arson units.

  The location was potentially dangerous, police said. It began on Sunday evening and led into the early morning hours the following day. Stafford Police gave a special thanks to all responding agencies and units in their respective field of expertise to come together in a joint effort.