OCSD Lieutenant, Grandson of Former Sheriff Polhemus Charged With Taking Cocaine for His Own Use

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Adams, the grandson of former Ocean County Sheriff Wiliam Polhemus has been charged with second degree official misconduct, theft and third degree possession of cocaine in connection with allegations that he stole cocaine while on the job for his own personal use.

“The charges stem from an investigation conducted by investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau,” OCPO spokesman Al Della Fave said in a press release.

With the help of anonymous sources, OCP first broke the story on January 28th before any charges were filed against Adams. Anonymous sources revealed that Adams had a “large quantity” of cocaine at the time.

John Adams (facebook photo)

“The investigation revealed that on May 15, 2015, Lt. Adams, who was assigned to the Canine Unit, legitimately came into possession of cocaine for the purpose of training canines to detect the drug,” Della Fave added.

“He worked within the unit as a certified canine handler and a certified canine handler instructor.  Between May 15, 2015 and February 11, 2017, cocaine was determined to be missing from the location within the Sheriff’s Department where it was kept for periodic training.  Subsequent investigation alleges that Adams had diverted the cocaine to his own personal use.”

Adams surrendered himself on March 1st, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. When we first asked Sheriff Michael Mastronardy about this case back in January, he declined to comment.


Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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15 Responses

  1. guest says:

    Hope he gets the help he needs.

    • Ken Bank says:

      What help? There’s no evidence he was addicted, most likely using it for recreational purposes.

      • Mercy Otis Warren says:

        …in which case, he ought to have been left alone, just as he should have left other recreational users alone.

        • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

          Gee I wonder just how stupid you really are?
          First of all he stole it secondly you will never know if he was selling it
          But I do have a question do you support recreational users Heroin and boozing while driving?
          Perhaps you might feel different if someone you knew were killed by a “recreational users” while driving God forbid their rights to use drugs and booze was infringed upon

          • Mercy Otis Warren says:

            Let us make a deal okay? You can call someone stupid when you learn to write a grammatically correct English sentence; sound good?

            Anyhow; how did the police get the coke? Did they manufacture it? Or did they steal it from someone? That is right; they stole it. But it is okay to steal if you are a public official. I guess in this case it was stolen twice; guess two wrongs don’t make a right. I do not support driving intoxicated whether it is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That however is unrelated to use. They are two different issues.

            I would not expect you to make the differentiation though.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

            NO asshole they didn’t steal it
            Its against the LAW to have it you know laws

          • Mercy Otis Warren says:

            Drug prohibition is arbitrary. Law enforcement is not authorized to go into Sal’s liquor store and steal his Jack Daniels because it is not theirs. Simply because a law allows police to steal things does not mean they have the moral right to do so. If the police are in possession of any drugs that they did not purchase at market rates, they are thieves. The esteemed officer John Adams should have bought his anesthetic of choice (just like his name sake did his Madeira) Incidentally John Adams’ son drank himself to death. I am therefore shocked that John Adams and John Quincy Adams did not call for outright prohibition!

          • USAFWX says:

            Mercy, I think you are all over the place in your response. Laws we currently have make possession of cocaine illegal and although we do not know where the cocaine came from in this case, I am sure the authorities followed the law in ceasing it. This officer did steal it from evidence and used it for personal use so he too broke the law.

            How one feels about the law is irrelevant!

          • Mercy Otis Warren says:

            I agree with your first sentence; like to include as much as possible even if it is not entirely fluid. Your second sentience misses my point (and maybe that is my fault). I never grant that a law is valid based on the mere fact that it is a law. There have been way too many bad laws. In fact most of the laws we have today are bad (at worst) and useless (at best) Drug laws are a prime example of the latter. In order to be valid, the law must comport with right and wrong. In this instance liberty interests no doubt trump arbitrary prohibition. And I of course reject your theory that one’s feeling about the law are irrelevant. They are the only thing that matters when it comes to a person’s character. No one praises Hitler’s henchmen for following the law and no one praises the founders for institutionalizing legal slavery. And no one would claim that the people had an obligation to follow these laws. NB: Madeira looks gross; much prefer a nice cab or claret (illegal until ’33)

          • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

            May I suggest you bring whatever drugs you are on to the police and tell them “Drug prohibition is arbitrary” let me know how you make out

          • Mercy Otis Warren says:

            See below; my drug of choice has been arbitrarily determined to be legal even though it kills more than all the illegal drugs combined.

  2. Frank Rizzo says:

    Can we disband these fraudulent law enforcement agencies once and for all..they close on holidays and everyday at 5pm…Use retired cops or young part time people….no need for these bloated county do nothing “cops”…

    • Mercy Otis Warren says:

      Since every town has their own police force, there should be no county police or state police. It is multiplicative and waste of money.

  3. Mustang Sally says:

    This Polhemus Family has been an Expensive Drain on the Taxpayer! A lot of Fedup crap has been swept under the rug.

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