About 75 grams of methamphetamine inside a Manchester man's car places him behind bars, suspected of pushing the drug in Ocean County.

David Dixon (Ocean Co. Dept. of Corrections)

David Dixon, 58, was apprehended Friday during a roadside pullover in Lacey Township, according to the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

He is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of more than a half-ounce with intent to distribute.

Dixon was the vortex of a probe into methamphetamine trade by members of the Prosecutor's Special Operations Group, Southern Enforcement Unit, and narcotics investigators from Lacey and Manchester Township police departments. He was remanded to Ocean County Jail in Toms River to await court proceedings.

Investigators allege that Dixon used the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe to store and disseminate the drug. Officers conducted the search after tracing the vehicle to a strip mall on Lacey Road in Forked River. The Santa Fe was seized pending forfeiture.

Apparently, it isn't Dixon's first encounter with the law. Patch.com in 2012 reported Dixon's involvement in a fight at a Lakehurst liquor store, and a 2016 warrant arrest.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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