Guilty pleas announced in investigation of ‘drug substance facility’

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Two men arrested in connection to a drug production facility plead guilty on Oct. 27. COURTESY OF THE OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'A OFFICE

BRICK TOWNSHIP —  Two men have pleaded guilty to maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility in a case stemming from a 2020 investigation into the distribution of drugs, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor ’s office. 

Jose Quintero-DeJesus, 37, of Brick Township, and Victor Mendoza-Gutierrez, 26, of Manchester, both pleaded guilty and are to be sentenced on Dec. 17, when prosecutors plan to seek eight years in state prison for each of them.

Shortly after search warrants were approved of the suspects residences on May 13, 2020, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Quintero-DeJesus. Mendoza-Gutierrez later was arrested at his residence, according to Bryan Huntenberg, press officer for the Ocean County Police Department.

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After a three-month investigation, law enforcement officers seized firearms, approximately 1,050 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia ‘indicative of distribution purposes’, a high-end security system and approximately $30,000 in cash, Mr. Huntenberg said.

Both men were arrested and charged accordingly. According to Mr. Huntenberg, Quintero-DeJesus was lodged in Ocean County Jail and Mendoza-Gutierrez was charged on a summons and released pending future court appearances.

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