Man sold drugs from home in Berkeley retirement community, police say

     Heroin from a closed criminal case, marked with a dealer's stamp, in a 2013 photo taken at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo: Tracey Samuelson/for NewsWorks)

    Heroin from a closed criminal case, marked with a dealer's stamp, in a 2013 photo taken at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo: Tracey Samuelson/for NewsWorks)

    A 55-year-old man distributed drugs from his house in a Berkeley retirement community, police say.

    Police seized a quantity of heroin and marijuana from a New Castle Court house in the township’s Holiday City section during a raid last Thursday, according to a release from the Berkeley Township Police Department. 

    The resident, Joseph Earley, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said. 

    Earley was sent to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to the release.

    In addition to local police, the Ocean County SWAT team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit responded to the scene. 

    The investigation began after police received tips from concerned community members. Police remind residents to report suspicious activity in Berkeley by calling 732-341-1132 x611 anonymously. 

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