NJ dealer caught with 83 bricks of heroin gets 6 months of rehab, no prison


NJ dealer caught with 83 bricks of heroin gets 6 months of rehab, no prison


TOMS RIVER — An admitted drug dealer who was caught with about 4,150 doses of heroin worth $25,000 was sentenced to just six months of rehab and five years of probation.

Gary Fox, 30, of Toms River, who has a criminal record that includes previous drug convictions, avoided prison by being accepted by Drug Court and pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute and a count of possession.

Fox, however, does face an alternate prison sentence of 10 years in prison with 3 1/2 years of parole ineligibility if he fails to complete the Drug Court program, according to a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, who added Wednesday that the sentence was not a result of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Drug Courts, part of Gov. Chris Christie’s reform efforts in the wake of a massive heroin addiction epidemic gripping the state, are meant to provide drug users with rehabilitation instead of placing them behind bars. Drug Courts, however, are not for violent or hardened criminals.

The courts found Fox eligible for the program and he began rehab in November, remaining in custody until his guilty plea in January, prosecutors said. Court records show he spent 168 days in county jail.

Toms River police arrested Fox in May, saying he had 80 wax folds of heroin and $740 in cash. A search of his storage unit found an additional 83 bricks of heroin, which amounted to 4,150 doses and a cash value of close to $25,000, police said at the time.

A month later, police at his Old Street home found another 40 wax folds of heroin, more than 1.5 pounds of marijuana, $2,000 in cash, prescription medications, a scale and packaging materials.

Fox was initially charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Alprazolam and Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He plead guilty to two counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute and one count of possession.

Police on Tuesday said they could not provide more details about the investigation.

This is not the first time Fox has been sentenced to rehab as a result of drug charges.

In 2009, he received the same sentence from a different judge in Ocean County for arrests in 2006 and 2007 on charges of possession of cocaine and Percocet.

Fox was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

5 Responses

  1. WTF! Nationwide our doctors are being shut down, arrested on false charges that the DEA comes up with, everything they worked so hard for taken from them, and this scumbag drug dealer gets off scott free?!?! And it’s not even his first offense!!! WTF is wrong with this picture?!?!

  2. Protect illegal drug dealers that are killing people and prohibit safe drugs that are saving people… to curb addiction?

    Get me out of this Bizarroworld!

  3. In the meantime doctors are fearful to provide us with medication out of fear of going to prison and how many doctors are sitting there now? This man could have killed someone with that heroin treat he gets off Scot free. His judge must be getting some drugs from that dealer. He only got drug court because of ther paraphernalia had that not been there he’d be doing a long time.

  4. The ‘Teflon Don’ is back!

  5. (*screaming & clutching head*)

    I’ve gone from waiting for the Dormouse & the Mad Hatter to appear at my breakfast table to hoping I’ll wake up having changed into an enormous cockroach [or ‘monstrous vermin’ for those whose German is better than mine]. At least cockroaches appear not to suffer pain the way we do.

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