TOMS RIVER–Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the return of an indictment by the Ocean County Grand Jury against Enzo R. Pena, 27, of Mays Landing. The charges are the result of a cooperative investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Stafford Township PD, Ship Bottom PD, and Hamilton Township PD (Atlantic County) into Mr. Pena’s marijuana distribution network employing area juveniles as dealers.
The indictment stems from the culmination of a 12 month investigation and the subsequent March 21, 2013 arrest of Pena during a motor vehicle stop in the Manahawkin Route 72 Wal-Mart parking lot. On the evening of the arrest, the execution of search warrants on his vehicle and residence led to the discovery of over two pounds of marijuana, two loaded handguns with defaced serial numbers, hollow point ammunition, and several thousand dollars in cash.
The nine page indictment charges Pena with employing five juveniles in a drug distribution scheme, as well as, weapon offenses. The full lists of charges in the indictment are as follow:
Five counts – Second degree – Employing a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme.
Three counts – Third degree – Terroristic Threats.
One count – First degree – Leader of a narcotics trafficking network.
One count – Third degree – Possession with intent to distribute CDS.
Two counts – Third degree – Conspiracy to distribute CDS.
One count – Fourth degree – Possession of CDS.
Two counts – Second degree – Possession of a firearm while engaged in certain drug activity.
Two counts – Second degree – Possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose.
One count – Second degree – Unlawful possession of a firearm.
Two counts – Forth degree – Possession of a defaced firearm.
One count – Fourth degree – Unlawful possession of hollow-nose bullets.
Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone and Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schron are prosecuting the case. Pena is currently being held in the Ocean County Jail in default of $250,000 cash bail.
The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that these defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.