Kevin Porter (Photo: TRPD)
Kevin Porter (Photo: TRPD)

An investigation that spanned months led to the recent arrest of a Newark man who was allegedly using two local residences – including one in Lavallette – as part of a heroin manufacturing and distribution operation.

Kevin Porter, 27, of Newark, is facing drug charges following his arrest Dec. 22, said Toms River Police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

Porter was charged after authorities executed a search warrant on a unit in the Winteringham Village complex off Route 166 as well as a residence on the 100 block of Philadelphia Avenue in Lavallette. Detectives uncovered “a full manufacturing facility where heroin was being mixed, packaged and stamped by Porter for resale,” said Stocco.

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Items, he said, included empty wax folds ready to be packaged, stamps, sifters, and several other items used to package and distribute heroin.

Stocco said the exact role each residence played in the operation could not be disclosed due to the involvement of federal and county authorities in the case. The exact addresses of the residences were not divulged publicly.

Porter was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin over one half ounce with the intent to distribute and maintaining a heroin manufacturing facility.  Bail was set at $75,000 cash. Porter was being lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.

Toms River Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Special Operations Group, and Lavallette Police Department participated in the operation.