Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer has announced that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force collaborated with the Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit in conducting a two-month-long investigation into the distribution of Cocaine in the Ocean County area.
This cooperative, multiagency investigation ultimately identified two residences in Lakewood as allegedly being utilized by Ranyer Meyreles-Alvarado, 29, of Lakewood, to store and distribute cocaine.
In furtherance of the investigation, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, along with local law enforcement, detained Meyreles-Alvarado pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in Lakewood on April 17.
These agencies then executed previously obtained court-authorized search warrants on the two subject residences in Lakewood. As a result, law enforcement seized approximately 165 grams of Cocaine and roughly $6000 in cash.
According to county officials, Meyreles-Alvarado was charged with Possession of Cocaine in an Amount Greater than Five Ounces with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
According to police, Meyreles-Alvarado was taken into custody, processed at Lakewood Township Police Headquarters, and transported to the Ocean County Jail. He was subsequently released from the Ocean County Jail on April 19, as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.