Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Arrested for Cocaine Theft From Department
A member of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested for diverting cocaine used for training purposes to his own use. On March 1, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy announced the arrest of Lt. John C. Adams, 40, of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Adams is charged with second degree official misconduct, second degree theft and third degree possession of cocaine.
Investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Ocean County Sheriff's Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau investigated the theft of the missing drugs. The investigation charges that on May 15, 2015, Adams, who was assigned to the Canine Unit and worked as a certified canine handler and instructor, had the cocaine for the purpose of training canines to detect the drug.
Between May 15, 2015, and February 11, 2017, cocaine was determined to be missing from the location within the sheriff’s department where it was kept for periodic training. Subsequent investigation alleges that Adams had diverted the cocaine to his own personal use.
Adams surrendered himself at noon today at the Toms River Police Department. He was issued his complaint summons, and the Superior Court will schedule his first appearance. Adams is presently suspended from his position with the sheriff’s department. He has been an employee of the department since July 2000. —P.J.