Three Forked River residents have been arrested following a three month sting by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office into illegal drug activity in the area.

First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Nolan Jr. announced the arrests Wednesday of Bryanna Negron, Larry Negron and Saul Padilla who were allegedly using a home in Lacey to store and deal quantities of heroin and fentanyl.

When Detectives from the OCPO Narcotics Strike Force along with the Manchester Police Narcotis Enforcement Team, Lacey Detectives, Lakewood Street Crimes Unit and the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Force Group 5, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team searched the home they seized 9,800 individual dosage units of Heroin/Fentanyl and approximately five grams of “raw” unpackaged Heroin/Fentanyl.

Larry Negron, 44, of Forked River is charged with three counts of Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin/Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute and two counts of Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl.

Bryanna Negron, 24, of Forked River is charged with Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin/Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin/Fentanyl and Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl.

Saul Padilla, 42, of Forked River is charged with Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin/Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin/Fentanyl and Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl.

"First Assistant Prosecutor Nolan would like to commend the Ocean County Prosecutor's Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Drug Enforcement Agency HIDTA Group 5, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Lakewood Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and Bay Head Police Department for their collaborative assistance in this investigation leading to these arrests."

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