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County Sheriff’s K9 Officer Arrested, Accused of Taking Cocaine From Evidence Locker

Ocean County Sheriff's Department vehicle. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Ocean County Sheriff’s Department vehicle. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

An Ocean County Sheriff’s Department officer who legally obtained cocaine to train his canine partner began obtaining the substance illegally, authorities charged Wednesday.

Lt. John C. Adams, 40, of Toms River, is facing charges of official misconduct, second degree theft and third degree possession of cocaine, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by investigators from the prosecutor’s office, Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, Della Fave said. The investigation revealed that on May 15, 2015, Adams, who was assigned to the K9 Unit, legitimately came into possession of cocaine for the purpose of training canines to detect the drug. He worked within the unit as a certified canine handler and a certified canine handler instructor, Della Fave said.


Between May 15, 2015 and February 11, 2017, authorities said cocaine was determined to be missing from the location within the Sheriff’s Department where it was kept for periodic training. A subsequent investigation alleges that Adams had diverted the cocaine to his own personal use.

Adams surrendered himself at noon Wednesday at the Toms River Police Department. He was issued his complaint summons and the court will schedule his first appearance, Della Fave said. Adams is presently suspended from his position with the Sheriff’s Department. He has been an employee of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department since July 2000.

  • Surfrider

    Very sad, but this is why all state employees need to be tested periodically for drugs, just like in the private sector. Weed out the ones taking advantage of tax payers trust and benefits.

  • Make America Greater

    Brick had a drug addict canine officer for years who was stealing money to pay for his drug habit and it was being covered up until they couldnt cover it up any longer.
    Same with alcoholic cops and ex police chief that drove/drive drunk all the time, even in squad cars while on duty.
    Drug test all cops and government employees on semi annual basis.
    The cost is well worth it.
    Protect the good cops from the bad cops.

    • Mac

      Politics and drug tests. What’s the point? The results won’t change. However, I am curious as to how one trains a canine to be unable to detect drugs on his/her partner. Then again, this is Ocean County.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Across the board…require private industry to do the same to help combat drug addiction…workers injuries and law suits….fire anyone who fails and make room for others who can pass the tests…and welfare people too

  • J W

    NWA was right all along.

  • Frank Rizzo

    A do nothing county agency…disband all county governments…too big to watch and control,,,small is beautiful

  • Goodgrief

    This makes the Sheriff’s department look bad.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    Maybe the dog ate (or snorted) his homework.