A Hamilton Township man has been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury on 21 counts connected to a marijuana distribution network that employed juveniles as dealers, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

The nine-page indictment against Enzo R. Pena, 27, follows a yearlong investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Stafford Township, Ship Bottom and Hamilton Township police departments.

At the close of the investigation, Pena was arrested on March 21 during a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of the Stafford Township Wal-Mart on Route 72.

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When Pena was arrested, search warrants for his vehicle and residence led to the discovery of more than two pounds of marijuana, two loaded handguns with defaced serial numbers, hollow point ammunition and several thousand dollars in cash, Coronato said.

The indictment charges Pena with employing five juveniles in a drug distribution scheme, as well as weapons offenses.  

Pena faces numerous charges including five second-degree counts of employing a juvenile in a drug distribution scheme, three third-degree counts of terroristic threats and one first-degree count of being a leader of a narcotics trafficking network.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone and Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schron are prosecuting the case. Pena is in the Ocean County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.

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