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Ocean County, NJ K-9 officer has been charged with stealing cocaine from his training unit.

 

  Ocean Count, NJ K-9 Officer – Lt. John C Adams

 

On March 1 2017, Ocean County, NJ K-9 officer Lt. John C. Adams, 40, who was also a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps, was charged with second degree official misconduct, second degree theft, and third degree possession of cocaine. Lt John C adams had been working for Ocean County, NJ Sheriff’s Department for nearly 17 years, since 2000 and has been accused of stealing cocaine for his own personal use for the last two years.

The cocaine was stored at the Sheriff’s Office and was used to train canines to detect the drug. The prosecutor’s and sheriff’s offices worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the announcement. Mastronardy, who is Chief of the Department said the prosecutor’s office contacted federal authorities to avoid any possible conflicts in the investigation. Mastronardy has also reported that his office has “made some minor policy and procedural changes to limit the possibility of something like this occurring again.”

Adams has since been suspended without pay from his position with the Ocean County, NJ Sheriff’s Department. “I think it’s safe to say, unfortunately, that no families are immune to the disease of drug addiction, including the law enforcement family,” Sheriff Michael Mastronardy told the Asbury Park Press. He said that Adams had been “a dynamic member of our supervisory team.” Drugs do not discriminate. If you or a loved one have not been affected by drug addiction or alcoholism, you are very lucky.

In recent years, families all over Ocean County, NJ have been affected by the drug epidemic. Teens are starting to experiment at younger ages and the drugs are getting more and more dangerous. Overdoses have been reported day in and day out. Please reach out if you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. There is help. There is hope.

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