PRESS RELEASE- SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON
FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on Friday, January 17, 2020, Rayvon Thomas, 34, of Seaside Heights, was sentenced to eight years New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C., as a result of a guilty plea to Possession of Heroin in an Amount Greater than One-Half Ounce with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2). In sentencing Thomas, Judge Gizinski imposed a forty-two month period of parole ineligibility. Thomas pled guilty to this charge on October 21, 2019.
On March 21, 2019, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Seaside Heights Police Department, and Toms River Police Emergency Services Unit and Special Enforcement Team simultaneously executed no-knock search warrants at locations in Seaside Heights and Toms River. As a result, law enforcement seized quantities of raw unpackaged heroin and quantities of heroin packaged for resale, as well as quantities of “crack” cocaine and marijuana. Drug paraphernalia associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of heroin was also seized.
Prosecutor Billhimer would like to acknlowledge the fine work of Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Burke who prosecuted the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Seaside Heights Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department Emergency Services Unit and Special Enforcement Team, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for their combined assistance in bringing Thomas to justice and securing his significant state prison sentence.