An investigation that spanned two months culminated in the arrest of a Lakewood man for intent to distribute cocaine.
According to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives identified two residences in Lakewood as allegedly being utilized by Ranyer Meyreles-Alvarado, 29, to store and distribute cocaine. The office’s narcotics strike force, working with Lakewood police, detained Meyreles-Alvarado following a motor vehicle stop in Lakewood on April 17. These agencies, plus the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, 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 $6,000 in cash, the statement said.
Meyreles-Alvarado was charged with possession of more than five ounces of cocaine with intent to distribute, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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,” prosecutors said.