Prosecutor: Police seize 52 pounds of marijuana and $118,000 from ‘major’ distributor



    A 65-year-old Idaho man has been arrested carrying 52 pounds of marijuana and $118,000 in cash.

    Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced Friday the arrest of David Lincoln. Coronato said the Ketchum resident faces numerous charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 25 pounds with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distributed over 25 pounds of marijuana, and financial facilitation (money laundering).

    Coronato said Lincoln’s arrest culminated a three-month investigation. He said authorities believe Lincoln traveled across the country in a 1997 Jeep Cherokee to sell marijuana from a pop-up camper. 

    On Thanksgiving morning, county authorities and members of the Jackson Township police department pulled Lincoln over in Jackson Township.

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    Coronato estimated the value of the marijuana to be about $150,000. Both vehicles were also seized pending forfeiture proceedings. 

    Lincoln was being held on $575,000 bail with no ten percent option in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. It wasn’t known if Lincoln had retained an attorney.

    Ocean County Prosecutor’s Captain Jack Sramaty praised the efforts of investigators.

    “As a team, the Prosecutor’s Office will continue to follow Prosecutor Coronato’s mandates by relentlessly identifying, investigating and prosecuting the dealers who are operating in and around Ocean County,” he said. 

    The investigation is ongoing through the holiday weekend. 


    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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