Brick Township Couple Charged with Running Illegal Drug Production Facility
According to Ocean County officials, The United States Department of Homeland Security alerted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force that a parcel had been intercepted entering the United States from the Netherlands, which was addressed to Patrick Fasano at a Brick Township address.
The parcel contained approximately 920 grams of DMT, a Schedule I Narcotic known to produce hallucinogenic effects.
An undercover Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force Detective delivered the package to Maria Fasano at that residence, and she accepted delivery of the package.
Officials say on Tuesday, August 11, detectives executed a search warrant on the subject residence, which resulted in the seizure of quantities of DMT, Psilocybin Mushrooms, and Marijuana.
They also seized numerous firearms, ammunition, and approximately $1900 in cash.
Officials say additionally, detectives located numerous items suggestive of maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, and further observed the residence to have an exterior mounted surveillance camera system indicative of a warning mechanism against potential law enforcement entry.
Ocean County authoritities said t Mr. Patrick Fasano, 31, and Maria Fasano, 27, both of Brick Township, has been charged with Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility, Possession of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of less than One-Half Ounce of Psilocybin Mushrooms with Intent to Distribute, Possession of DMT, Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of less than 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm While in the Course of Committing a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense and Maintaining and Occupying a Fortified Structure