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Police: Drugs, Brass Knuckles and Nail-Studded Baseball Bat Seized in Belford

A search warrant leads to the arrests of four members of the same Belford family, on various charges.

After a monthlong investigation, investigators with the Middletown Police executed a search warrant on a Campbell Avenue home in Belford on Tuesday, and arrested four members of the Murphy family on various charges.  

Taken into custody were Conor Murphy, 21 on drugs and illegal weapons charges and Daniel Murphy, 22, on drug possesion and burglary charges. 

Daniel Murphy, 61 and Brenda Murphy, 58, were arrested on Contempt of Court charges. 

The Feb. 5 arrests were made by the Middletown NJ Police Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit and was the result of work by Det. Kevin Gardiner and Officers Richard Fulham and Anthony Bumbico who suspected the sale of illegal narcotics from the home.

Conor Murphy, 21, was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prohibited weapons, which consisted of brass knuckles and a bat with metal nails hammered through it. He was released after posting $3,500 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Thomas Scully.

Daniel Murphy, 22, was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was also charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property after police recovered items that had been reported stolen from a vehicle in 2010, as well as street signs stolen from several township streets.

He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $20,607 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Thomas Scully of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Daniel Murphy, 61, was arrested on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Woodbridge Municipal Court and was held on $757 bail.

Debra Murphy, age 58, was arrested on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Fair Haven Municipal Court. She was released after posting $376 bail.

Police confiscated $481 in cash, and marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the residence.

Tuesday's arrests are the latest in a string of investigations carried out by search warrants in the Middletown area. On Jan. 17, police arrested three young adults on charges they were dealing heroin out of the Belford residence. 

On Jan. 30-31, on drug charges. Two people charged are accused of dealing drugs at Hillside Community Center on Chestnut Ave.  

MiddletownResident February 08, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I live in Belford...its both out of state and born here losers bringing this kind of trash here...NJ has home grown losers all over...they dont just come from another state...
erin lynn February 09, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Its how you're raised not where you're from.
Joe Pierson February 14, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Lynn your so right! Also, where did it say they were from Brooklyn ? Ignorant.
all most famous February 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Look at all you people quick to judge someone... OK they messed up doesn't make them a bad family you dont no what they been thru... There selling alittle bit of pot least they weren't selling heroin like everyone else is you guys should judge someone until you were there shoes...
Peter Heisenberg June 08, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Why is it illegal to have a bat with nails in it in the privacy of one's own home? Why are we wasting money prosecuting victimless crimes? Wouldnt these resources be better spent arresting the traitors in Trenton who violate our rights on a daily basis?

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