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Jackson resident charged with drug and weapons offenses

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Susan A. Gibson, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Police Chief Matthew Kunz have announced that a nurse who is a resident of Jackson has been charged with several drug and weapons offenses.

According to a press release issued Aug. 13, Anthony A. Calabrese of Jackson was charged by complaint with possession of Adderal, Xanax and codeine syrup; distribution of Adderal, Xanax and codeine syrup; possession and/or possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school; and possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of a crime.

During July and August, the DEA Camden Residence Office Tactical Diversion

Squad (CRO TDS) and the Jackson Police Department were investigating the alleged drug distribution activities of Calabrese, who is a nurse in Ocean County, according to the press release.

On several occasions, a DEA undercover agent met with Calabrese and received quantities of Adderall, Promethazine with codeine syrup, and Xanax. As a result of these meetings a state authorized search warrant was obtained for Calabrese’s residence and vehicle, according to the press release.

On Aug. 12, members of the DEA CRO TDS and the Jackson Police Department executed the search warrants at a location on Joan Court in Jackson.

Authorities said the search warrants resulted in the location and seizure of pills and powder (suspected Adderal), prescription washing materials, assorted pill bottles, U.S. currency, a vehicle and 30 firearms, including shotguns, rifles, handguns and a Thompson machine gun.

Authorities said Calabrese was taken into custody without incident and said the investigation is being prosecuted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

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