An Ocean County couple was arrested after authorities discovered they were running an evident drug operation from their house after federal authorities seized a bundle including hallucinogenic drugs addressed to them, the Ocean County District attorney’s office revealed Wednesday.
Patrick Fasano, 31, and Maria Fasano, 27, both of NJ, were charged with operating a narcotics production facility, maintaining and occupying a fortified structure, possession of a firearm while in the course of committing a controlled dangerous substance offense and various other drug-related offenses, the office said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the Ocean County District attorney’s Office Narcotics Strike Force that a parcel had been caught entering the United States from the Netherlands, which was resolved to Patrick Fasano’s home, authorities stated.
The package consisted of about 920 grams of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a narcotic understood to produce hallucinogenic effects, the office said.
An undercover Ocean County investigator delivered the bundle to the couple’s home and Maria Fasano accepted it, triggering detectives to perform a search warrant there on Tuesday, according to the statement.
In the house, private investigators discovered and took DMT, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, guns and ammunition, and about $1,900 in cash, the office said.
Detectives likewise found a monitoring video camera system mounted on the outside of the house a sign of a warning mechanism to alert homeowners of someone approaching, authorities stated.
The pair was sent to the Ocean County Prison pending detention hearings.