A man from Toms River has been sentenced to several years in prison on cocaine and heroin-related drug charges.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says on Wednesday, 56-year-old John Williams was sentenced to seventeen years in state prison after being found guilty by a jury for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was also sentenced to five years for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Both sentences will run concurrently.

On November 10, 2020, Detectives from the Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit observed Williams and a second individual in a parking lot between 2nd and 3rd Streets - crouched behind two motor vehicles for approximately 30 seconds.

Police searched Williams and they say they found 164 wax folds of a compound of heroin, fentanyl and 4-ANPP; approximately 17 grams of cocaine; marijuana; a digital scale; plastic baggies; and approximately $1,250.

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Williams was taken into custody and he has remained in jail since being arrested.

Williams must serve at least eight and a half years before being eligible for parole.

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