A 25-year old Union Beach man, who police accuse of intending to sell cocaine out of his apartment near the waterfront and in the presence of a small child, was arrested at home Wednesday by police with a warrant.
Joseph Fisher II, who resides in an apartment on Second Street, is accused of possession of narcotics with intention to distribute. Court documents signed by a Det. John Cipot of the NJ State Police said that in addition 5 grams of crack cocaine recovered during their investigation, Fisher also had a scale, baggies, a sifter and a metal pan used to measure the drug.
Fisher also had a hollowed out baseball bat with a serrated edge "strategically placed near the front door of the apartment" and a Marksman Model 740, .177 caliber BB gun, according to police.
He is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a crack cocaine with intent to distribute within 500 feet of the public beach, possession of drug manufacturing paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
He is being held at the county jail on $235,000 bail, set by Superior Court Judge Honora O'Brien Kilgallen. His first appearance in court is May 21.
The arrest was a joint effort between the Union Beach Police Dept. and the NJ State Police Crime Suppression Unit.
"We worked on this for several months prior to the arrest," said Det. Sgt. Michael Woodrow of the Union Beach Police Dept.