BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – Five people suspected of using a senior living community as a front to sell crack cocaine were arrested Monday, police say. The individuals were apprehended inside a home in the Holiday City South Senior Community in Ocean County.
Authorities say the five people were arrested after Berkeley Township police and the Ocean County SWAT team executed a search warrant at approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday related to the distribution of narcotics – specifically cocaine – from the residence located on Wojtyla Court.READ MORE: At Least 6 People Killed In Several Shootings From Saturday To Sunday In Philadelphia: Police
Police seized “a large quantity of cocaine,” which they say was packaged to distribute as crack cocaine. Authorities also seized paraphernalia used to produce, package and sell narcotics and a “substantial amount of cash.”
“Berkeley Detectives are aware that senior communities are often utilized by drug dealers as they offer anonymity in a quiet neighborhood and a false sense of security for the dealers,” Berkeley Township Police said in a press release. “As such, this home was seen as a major supplier of narcotics throughout Berkeley Township and neighboring jurisdictions.
Taquan Pearson, 37, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.READ MORE: SEPTA Transit Police Searching For 3 Suspects Accused Of Assaulting, Robbing Woman On Market-Frankford Line In Center City
Nicole Vorhees, 48, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lynsay Leitner, 39, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and failure to appear.
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Michelle Lanzieri, 52, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.