Three Ocean County residents were arrested Tuesday and charged with drug offenses after a month-long investigation conducted by local, county and state law enforcement.
Calvin Presley, aka "I-Rule," 41, of Jackson, Shilyre Collins, 37, of Jackson, and Darlene Ott, 43, of Bayville were arrested in the early morning Tuesday after police executed search warrants on numerous locations in Lakewood, Jackson and Howell. Authorities confiscated crack and powder cocaine, $1,800 in cash and drug paraphernalia, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said in a release.
Police claim Presley and Collins were distributing drugs throughout the region while utilizing a home in Jackson, two houses in Lakewood and Extra Space Storage in Howell, all of which were searched Tuesday. Police also searched a 1998 Acura, which they say was occupied at the time by Presley and Collins.
The investigation also revealed that Presley and Ott both were responsible for a robbery in Lacey on March 22, which authorities are still probing, Ford said.
Presley was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over a half-ounce with intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bail was set at $350,000, no 10 percent option.
Collins was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over a half-ounce with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute less than a half-ounce of cocaine. Bail was set at $200,000, no 10 percent option.
Ott was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Xanax). Bail was set at $200,000, no 10 percent option.
Ford said the New Jersey branch of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in after authorities discovered 11 pit bulls chained to trees and posts in the backyard of 1516 Prospect St., Lakewood, when a search warrant was served.
Additional arrests are expected, Ford said.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Special Operations Group was assisted in the investigation by police in Barnegat, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Toms River, Long Beach, Little Egg Harbor, Lakewood, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, South Toms River and Jackson. Additionally, the Ocean County Department of Corrections, the county SWAT team, the county Sheriff's K-9 Unit, the State Police and the ASPCA assisted the probe.