An Atlantic County man displaced from Stafford Township by Hurricane Sandy was arrested by Ocean County law enforcement March 21 on multiple drug charges, including a first-degree charge of being a leader of narcotics trafficking network.

Enzo Pena, 27, of Hamilton Township, was arrested last week by Stafford Township Police and members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, following a year-long investigation, authorities said.

Police executed a search warrant on Pena’s vehicle during a traffic stop on the evening of March 21 in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot on Route 72 in Stafford Township. A search of Pena’s vehicle led to the discovery of more than one pound of marijuana, a loaded handgun containing hollow-point ammunition and a defaced serial number; and several thousand dollars in cash, police said.

The execution of a search warrant later at Pena’s residence in Hamilton Township police found more than one and half pounds of marijuana, a loaded handgun containing a defaced serial number and several thousand dollars in cash, police said in a statement.

Pena previously lived in the Beach Haven West section of Stafford Township until he was displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Pena was charged with first degree leader of narcotics trafficking network, five second-degree counts of employing a juvenile in a drug distribution network, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to a juvenile, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon during a narcotics transaction, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of hollow point ammunition, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute over one pound of marijuana, possession of over 50 grams of marijuana and terroristic threats,

He is in the Ocean County Jail on $250,000 bail.

This investigation is continuing.

The Barnegat Police Department, Ship Bottom Police Department and Hamilton Township Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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