TOMS RIVER — Jason Groome, the father of the Boston Red Sox-drafted baseball prospect, will remain in the Ocean County jail until the beginning of his trial on 11 counts of drug and weapons charges.

Groome appeared before Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels on Friday for a pretrial detention hearing following his Monday afternoon arrest in Barnegat Township.

Authorities said Wednesday they seized about 2 ounces of cocaine and a defaced 9 mm handgun during Groome’s arrest.

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Groome was one of three men arrested after multiple agencies executed search warrants at two homes in Barnegat and one in Little Egg Harbor Township.

Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Francis R. Hodgson III said the state recommended Groome be detained because he was a risk of failing to appear for his next court date and for fleeing.

The state also alleged Groome may have a “significant amount of unknown criminal contracts outside of the state” related to the distribution of controlled dangerous substances and firearms.

The defense attorney argued Groome completed a two-year probation term in 1995 and would have been capable of release with supervision.

While Daniels considered both arguments, he said the 11 charges against Groome weighed heaviest in his decision.

Groome has been charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine over one half-ounce with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine over one half-ounce, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during a CDS offense.

He is scheduled to next appear in court Aug. 21.

Groome’s family, which, according to the Prosecutor’s Office is not involved with the drug scheme, declined to comment on Friday’s decision.

Son Jay Groome currently is pitching for the Greenville Drive in South Carolina in the single-A South Atlantic League.

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