92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: September 13 9AM
Monmouth County investigators round up of nearly 30-suspects as the result of “Operation Lights Out” late Tuesday night.
The suspects of a Long Branch-based “G-shine” set of the bloods criminal street gang and associates are accused of being responsible for a rash of shootings in Long Branch, Neptune and Asbury Park as well as drug dealing.
The shootings led to the start up of “Operation Lights Out”, a nine-month investigation led to the recovery of 35 bricks of heroin, two semi-automatic handguns (.40 and .380 caliber), $14,000.00 in cash, three vehicles, and nearly 200 grams of crack-cocaine worth about $22,500.00 on the street.
In all, 29 people arrested now face charges ranging from Racketeering, Distribution of Narcotics, Conspiracy to Distribute and/or Possess Narcotics, Unlawful Possession of Handguns, Unlawful Transfer or Sale of Firearms, Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons and Hindering Apprehension of Another.
18 of the 32 suspects charged, all tied to the “g-shine” face racketeering charges while three others remain on the run.
We're following up today on a brawl in the stands of a high school football game in Brick on Saturday.
The latest from the superintendent - ten students in the district have been suspended for their involvement and there are plans to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.
Hundreds of people were expected at a special meeting in Toms River last night to explain the program that lets medicaid cheats in Ocean County avoid criminal prosecution…but only 35 showed up.
Most of them were highly critical of the program and said we need to be tough on lawbreakers not coddle them.
"Maybe you need to tax lean the hell out of them," said one resident. "Maybe you need to give them community service, in a community besides their own, so they can realize there are other people besides their own."
Another woman said she's angry about the program because honest taxpayers are left holding the bag for people who cheat the system.