Manchester Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Selling Drugs

Leroy Hairston, 44, of Manchester, was sentenced to ten years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Possession of More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, in connection with an investigation that occurred in Toms River and Manchester Townships between January and April 2023.

Additionally, Hairston was sentenced to five years NJSP as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Possession of More than One-Half Ounce but Less than Five Ounces of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, in connection with an earlier unrelated investigation that occurred in Manchester between November and December 2020. The sentences will run concurrently.

An investigation conducted between the months of January and April 2023 identified a business in Toms River – known as “Leroy’s Tow Service” – along with a residence in Manchester owned by Leroy Hairston, 43, as being utilized to store and distribute cocaine.

Detectives initiated surveillance on the subject business in Toms River as well as the residence in Manchester. On April 26, 2023, Detectives observed Hairston leaving his business in Toms River, and continued to maintain surveillance on Hairston as he left the area. Hairston parked his vehicle in a nearby parking lot, at which time he was approached and detained by Ocean County Sheriff’s Officers without incident.

Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Services Unit thereafter executed a court-authorized search warrant on the subject business in Toms River. As a result, Detectives seized approximately 100 grams of cocaine and $7,000 in United States currency. Hairston was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and subsequently released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

An earlier unrelated investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team – between the months of November and December 2020 – identified a residence in Manchester Township as being utilized by Hairston to store and distribute Cocaine. On December 10, 2020, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, executed a court-authorized search warrant on the subject residence. As a result, law enforcement seized approximately 75 grams of Cocaine as well as 26 pills that later tested positive for Fentanyl.

Hairston was taken into custody at the residence, transported to the Ocean County Jail, and subsequently released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

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