On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at approximately 10:00 a.m., officers from Narcotics Enforcement and Detective Section of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Investigations Bureau executed a Court authorized search warrant at a residence located on County Route 539 in the Whiting Section of the Township.

The incident began after the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team initiated a marijuana distribution investigation involving a resident of the home. Subsequent investigation led to police obtaining a search warrant for the residence.

During the search of the home and property, evidence of a marijuana grow operation was uncovered along with two long guns and a high capacity rifle magazine. Approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana were seized in addition to paraphernalia associated with the growing, harvesting, packaging and distribution of marijuana.

Arrested were the following:

  • Joseph W. Schweitzer, 23, of Route 539, Manchester
  • Karen M. Schweitzer, 67, of Route 539, Manchester

Joseph Schweitzer was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession of a high capacity magazine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set for Joseph Schweitzer at $25,000.00, with a 10 percent option. He was unable to post bail and was subsequently transported to Ocean County Jail.

Karen Schweitzer charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was later released on a complaint summons.

The investigation was led by the Manchester Police Narcotics Enforcement Team.  Also assisting were members of the Department’s Investigations and Patrol Bureaus along with the K-9 Unit. Additionally, the Lakehurst Police Department provided assistance at the scene.

Residents are reminded that drug related tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Division anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s “Tip Line” link located on our website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com