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

John Adams (facebook photo)

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.


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