A Toms River Township man will head to prison for 17-years after being found guilty by a jury of drug possession and distribution related offenses.

This week 56-year-old John Williams was sentenced to 17-years in New Jersey State Prison and will have a period of 8.5-years of parole ineligibility for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and five-years in prison for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer who also said that the sentences will run concurrently.

It was a period of 30 seconds that changed the life of John Williams and led to a drug dealer heading to prison.

This was the amount of time that the Lakewood Police Street Crimes Unit Detectives saw Williams and another individual crouching down behind two vehicles between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the township on November 10, 2020.

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The person Williams was with walked away from the scene, while Detectives approached Williams and detected an odor of raw marijuana on him.

When they then searched Williams, Lakewood Police found 164 wax folds of a compound of heroin, fentanyl and 4-ANPP, approximately 17 grams of cocaine, a quantity of Marijuana, a digital scale, plastic baggies, and approximately $1,250.00 in United States currency.

He was then arrested and brought to the Ocean County Jail, where he remains to this day.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer also announced that Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni tried the case on behalf of the State of New Jersey in court.

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