Toms River Man Sentenced To State Prison For Dealing Drugs

John Williams (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LAKEWOOD – A 56-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in New Jersey State Prison for dealing drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and more, officials announced.

  John Williams of Toms River was previously found guilty of Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Compound of Heroin, Fentanyl and 4-ANPP.

  On November 10, 2020, detectives from the Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit saw Williams along with a second individual in a parking lot between 2nd and 3rd Streets. The two were seen crouching behind cars for about 30 seconds, then the individual subsequently walked away.

  Afterwards, detectives approached Williams and smelled marijuana coming from his body. As a result, detectives seized 164 wax folds of a compound of heroin, fentanyl and 4-ANPP, approximately 17 grams of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, plastic baggies and approximately $1,250.


  He was taken into custody and brought to the Ocean County Jail, where he has remained since the date of his arrest.

  On May 25, Williams was sentenced to 17 years in state prison with an eight and one-half years period of parole ineligibility for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute. In addition, he was also sentenced to five years in state prison for possessing of heroin with intent to distribute. The sentences will run concurrently, officials said.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledges the excellent work of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who ably tried the case on behalf of the State.  The Prosecutor is likewise grateful for the efforts of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Trial Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department, and Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, for their collective assistance in bringing Williams to justice.