News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2006
Special Agent Douglas S. Collier,
Public Information Officer
Tel: (973) 776-1143
Cell: (862) 849-9833

DEA New Jersey Division Dismantles Clan Lab
One Arrested along with Meth Lab seized in Manahawkin, NJ

NOV 2 -- NEWARK - Gerard P. McAleer, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division and Thomas B. Conroy, Chief of Police, Stafford Township, New Jersey, announced today that the DEA New Jersey Division’s, Atlantic City Residence Office seized a Methamphetamine Lab and arrested one defendant at the location of 358 Deer Lake Court, Manahawkin, New Jersey.

After a year-long investigation, the DEA executed a federal search warrant and arrested one defendant at the residence. Arrested at the location without incident was the owner of the home, Marc Friedman. Seized at the residence, at the rear detached garage were the following: methamphetamine, glass ware, household chemicals, filters, heating plates, 55 gallon drum than contained waste products, and various items that serve to facilitate a clandestine meth lab.

“DEA New Jersey Division is committed to protecting all of the citizens of New Jersey against all those who pollute our communities with this toxic and dangerous drug methamphetamine and its by-products that could harm our children, environment, and our partners in law enforcement and first responders,” McAleer said.

Assisting in the investigation was the Stafford Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, and the US Postal Inspection Service.

The investigation is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey headed by United States Attorney Christopher J. Christie. Patrick Askin is the Assistant United States Attorney who will represent the Government. The initial appearance will be at approximately 4:00 pm, this afternoon in Trenton at the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, in front of a United States Magistrate Judge.

The Federal Complaint charges the defendant with manufacturing of methamphetamine Schedule II narcotic. If convicted of the above charge, the defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of 40 years in Federal Prison and $2,000,000 fine.