CLIFFWOOD BEACH, Aberdeen – A local man planned to distribute heroin at or near the beachfront, an area that residents say has seen increased criminal activity ranging from vandalism to the murder of an Old Bridge man.
Aberdeen police charged Erik Williams, 23, with possessing less than half an ounce of heroin last Wednesday. Police alleged that he intended to distribute the drug within a park zone – specifically, the Cliffwood Beach beachfront, according to arrest records released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Williams was also accused of having less than 50 grams of marijuana when he was caught, as well as plastic baggies commonly used to package drugs, according to the records.
Bail was set at $75,000. As of Sunday afternoon, he had yet to post bail, according to jail records.
After the death of 22-year-old Billy Karecki, who was gunned down in a Cliffwood Beach parking lot in September, residents called for stepped-up police patrols and surveillance cameras in the area.
Aberdeen Township Police Chief John T. Powers said at the time that police regularly monitored the area and disputed residents’ claims that crime was on the rise.