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Brick Condo Among Several Raided in Drug Investigation That Netted 18 Arrests

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Suspects arrested in 'Operation MVP' by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Suspects arrested in ‘Operation MVP’ by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

A Brick Township condominium was the target of a raid along with numerous other residences in local towns as part of a massive, multi-jurisdictional drug bust known as “Operation MVP.”

The operation, which came after an earlier series of raids focused on heroin, resulted in 18 people, including a Brick resident, charged with various drug offenses, including drug distribution.

In Brick, a search warrant was executed at 452 Lonna Court in the Evergreen Woods development, resulting in the arrest of Kashawn Cotte, who was charged with possession of heroin, possession of over one half ounce of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of over one half ounce of heroin.

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The investigation also included a raid on a residence on Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service along with members of the prosecutor’s office’s Special Operations Group, the Toms River Police Department and the Lakewood Township Police Department executed the search warrant at 208 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Apartment A, the residence of Nyshawne “Chub and Harlem” Sutton.

Sutton was charged with possession of Heroin, possession of over one half ounce of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of over one half ounce of heroin.

In all, authorities searched nine residences, yielding 8,000 dosages of heroin, quantities of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana, an AR-15 assault rifle, a Ruger semi-automatic pistol and approximately $40,000 in cash, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

Raids were conducted at:

  • 300 Waverly Ave Apartment 29, Neptune Township.
  • 214 Cedarbridge Avenue Apartment A, Lakewood.
  • 220 Cedarbridge Avenue ApartmentB, Lakewood.
  • 131 East 7th Street, Lakewood.
  • 11 Albany Avenue, Jackson.
  • 452 Lonna Court Brick.
  • 195 Alder Street, Lakewood.
  • 1321 Stark Street Lakewood.
  • 504 Massachusetts Avenue, Lakewood.

Arrested were:

Melvin Vankpana, 23, Bail $300,000 Cash Only

Charged with Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Luis Rodriguez, 26, Bail $150,000 No 10 Percent

Charged with Possession of Heroin and Cocaine, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin and Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin and Cocaine

Quaoirah Vaughn/Rodriguez,23, Released on a Summons

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Nyshawne Sutton, 35, Bail $150,000 Cash Only

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Marcus Jones, 40, Bail $150,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Tarell Jones, 26, Bail $150,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Mathew Green, 27, Bail $200,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Timothy Moore, 20, Released on a Summons

Charged with Possession of Heroin and Marijuana.

Kashawn Cotte, 24, Bail $100,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Jerron Evans, 33, Bail $200,000 Cash Only

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin, Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense and Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm..

William Davis, 20, Bail $100,000 Cash Only

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin and Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense.

Samora Burgess, 28, Bail $750,000 No 10 %

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin, Possession of a firearm during a CDS Offense.

Candido Jackson, 28, Bail $150,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Yahnie Patterson, 28, Bail $150,000 Cash Only

Currently Incarcerated in the Monmouth County Jail

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Nakayla Adams, 25, Bail $75,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Aniya Lynn, 25, Bail $100,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Erika Ortiz, 24, Bail $100,000 No 10%

Charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Altariq Montgomery, 22, Released on a Summons

11 Albany Avenue, Jackson NJ (Home Address)

Charged with Possession of CDS (Percocet).

There are also numerous  suspects still at large, police said, including:

  • Jameer Jones, 22, of 1321 Stark Street, Lakewood, Bail $150,000 cash only wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
  • Dasean Donaldson, 20, of 15 Sylvan Court Lakewood, Bail $100,000 no 10 % wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.
  • Dajun Morris, 23, of 1313 Marshall Street, Lakewood, Bail $100,000 no 10 % wanted for Possession of Heroin, Possession of over one half ounce of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Distribution of over one half ounce of Heroin.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals are being asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Operations Group at 732-341-6150 or 732-929-2027.

“This investigation is continuing and additional arrests are forthcoming,” the statement from the prosecutor’s office said.