Drugs, fireworks, pit bulls and eight arrestees in Monmouth house
A search of a run-down house in Monmouth's Township of Ocean yields narcotics, cash, fireworks and three unlicensed pit bulls - one of which bit a cop, according to police. Eight adults and a teenager face a flurry of charges.
The Friday search on Monmouth Road was part of an ongoing probe by the township's Criminal Surveillance Bureau, according to police.
Robert Bount, 19, and Edwin Rodriguez, 18, occupied the house when the warrant was served. Blount was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and fireworks, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was released on his own recognizance to await a court date.
Rodriguez was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and was released to await court proceedings.
Alfredo Quintanar, 18, was located at his dwelling. Police said he was involved in the investigaiton and was released to await a court date on a charge of fireworks possession.
Paul Ashton, 24, a resident of the house, was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was served a summons at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, where he awaits proceedings on an unrelated matter.
Steven Toone, 27, who occupies the house with his fiancee Paula Ashton, 25, and their child, was charged Monday with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and fireworks. He was released to await a hearing. Charges are pending against Paula Ashton, police said.
Donica Rodriguez, 47, and Paulette Ashton, 29, were charged with unlicensed dog violations and have a court date pending. The search also prompted police to conttact township code officials, who are compiling a list of violations.
The 16-year-old girl's charge of possession of under 50 grams of marijuana was sent to Monmouth County Family Court. Police contacted the New Jersey Division of Child Permanency and Protection with regard to the teen and to an infant in the house.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.