Berkeley Man Was Major Supplier Of Altered Marijuana: Chief

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Berkeley and Ocean Gate police recently arrested a Butternut Lane man considered a major supplier of altered marijuana, said Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele and Ocean Gate Police Chief Michael Kuchta said.

Joseph Domanoski, 22, was arrested on May 7 after a search warrant was executed by officers from both police departments. They seized one pound of vacuum-sealed raw marijuana, a large quantity of marijuana wax, 62 marijuana “vape” pens for resale, less than half an ounce of cocaine and prescription pills, the chief said.

“These modifications of traditional marijuana make the drug more potent and less detectible adding to their popularity,” DiMichele said.

Domanoski was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of prescription pills and possession of CDS paraphernalia, DiMichele said.

Domanoski was taken to Berkeley police headquarters, where he was processed and released according to the state bail reform act.

“This investigation started out of concern the rising popularity of marijuana vape pens and marijuana wax being sold to and used by juveniles and high-school aged children in both towns,” DiMichele said.

Paraphernalia used to manufacture and produce marijuana for resale were also located and seized, the chief said.

Police estimated that Domanoski earned several thousand dollars a week with his operation.

“This successful investigation was the result of closely coordinated investigations between the respective agencies who also are part of the same 7-12th grade school,” DiMichele said. “This quality of life investigation was geared towards high-school aged juveniles and young adults who are vulnerable to the increased potency of the altered drug.”

Police do not believe that the other residents of the home knew about or were involved in the activity, she said.

The investigation was conducted by Sergeant Vincent La Rocca and Patrolman Richard Zonin of the Ocean Gate Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Pete La Rocca and Detective William Somers of the Berkeley Township Police Department as well as members of the Berkeley Township Police patrol division, DiMichele said.

By: Patricia A. Miller, Berkely Patch

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