2 Arrested in Ongoing Narcotic Distribution Investigation

The investigation continues in an effort to probe suspected heroin overdose deaths

Two Forked River residents were arrested during an ongoing narcotics distribution investigation that continues in an effort to probe suspected heroin overdose deaths, police said.

Police executed two simultaneous search warrants during the investigation on Thursday arresting Kenneth Staunton, 32, and Linda Rao, 24.

One warrant was conducted on a vehicle driven by Rao, finding drug paraphernalia consistent with heroin and crack-cocaine use, police said.

A second warrant was executed at a Lee Way, Forked River home, finding additional drug paraphernalia, police said. Staunton, the target of the investigation, was arrested in Lanoka Harbor while he allegedly attempted to avoid police by hiding in the rear of a van.

During Stauton’s arrest, police found 191 bags containing heroin and a hypodermic syringe, police said.

Staunton was charged with heroin possession and intent to distribute heroin. He was sent to Ocean County Jail in lieu of his $60,000 cash bail.

Rao was released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance.

Entry into the Lee Way home was made by Ocean County SWAT.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Criminalistic Unit as well as a K-0 from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation.

KrissyOakley January 30, 2013 at 04:25 AM
i Have to say to all that i personally have been thru hell with this man>>> and take care of his children now and always will! i have been thru my fair share with my own issues, but by the grace of god i am here for our children! his parents????? how bout kennys children, i have to deal with the pain he keeps causing them!!! he will never know what he has done to them but them just like myself will perservere and we will be ok with out him! i hate to say this and i tried to have all the faith in the word that he woud make it out of this but somehow i knew this would happen! for MY babies,,,,,, I HOPE YOU ROT!!!!!!
afamilymember January 31, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Krissy, we are so very proud of you and love you more than words can express...you know who this is...love you...xxxooo...
bob February 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM
wow @ robert yates eating bad food or smoking cigarettes is not going to make you kill or steal , you are an complete moron , who knows nothing about the real world ....and your mom probably folds your laundry .. you always have a choice in life..and thats whats this great country gives to you..
nick b March 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
@ Jake2... I would like to say that in no way shape or form is your daughter better off than any other addict... As a parent you should not be as passive as you are... I'm only 30 and although not a parent of an addict I myself am 29 months clean off a 10 year addiction to opiates... It may be kinda rough for you now but it only gets harder... Intervene while you have a chance... You can't stop her from getting high but you can stop enabling, lay down consequences... It took all of my friends and family writing me off and my house getting raided to open my eyes... there is still hope, don't let her slip any deeper.. Don't be passive, bust your ass and get your kid back...
JAKE 2 April 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
@nick b yes she is !!! she has our support when she is in recovery , alot of these addicts have no one in their lives !!! i am busting my butt !!!!but she has to want it more !!! im far from passive , but its ok , obviously your picking up something that i am saying , or misunderstanding me... she will no longer be living with us !!! she is outta Lacey... believe me the consquences she has now are alot harsher then anything i could give her !!! thank you for your input !!! and congrats to you for beimg sober 29 months .. awesome !!


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