New Jersey nurse charged with drug and weapons offenses
NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson, Prosecutor of Ocean County Bradley D. Billhimer, and Jackson Township Chief of Police Matthew Kunz announced a nurse was charged with several drug and weapons charges in Jackson, New Jersey.
Anthony A. Calabrese, of Jackson, New Jersey, was charged by complaint with several charges of possession of Adderal, Xanax and codeine syrup, and possession with intent to distribute to an undercover DEA agent Adderal, Xanax, and codeine syrup.
During the months of July and August 2019, the DEA Camden Residence Office Tactical Diversion Squad and the Jackson Township Police Department were investigating the drug distribution activities of Anthony A. Calabrese, a nurse in Ocean County, New Jersey. On several occasions a DEA undercover agent met with Calabrese and received quantities of Adderall, Promethazine with Codeine Syrup, and Xanax. As a result of these meetings a state authorized search warrant was obtained for Calabrese’s residence and vehicle.
On Aug. 12, 2019, members of the DEA tactical diversion squad and the Jackson Township PD executed the search warrants at 105 Joan Court, Jackson, New Jersey. The search warrants resulted in the location and seizure of pills and powder (suspected Adderal), prescription washing materials, assorted pill bottles, U.S. currency, a vehicle, and 30 firearms to include shotguns, rifles, handguns, and a Thompson machine gun. Calabrese was taken into custody without incident.
“It is very disheartening that Mr. Calabrese, a person who swore to help people, chose to contribute to the drug problems that plague New Jersey by trafficking in prescription drugs,” said Special Agent in Charge Gibson. “It is also very concerning the number of weapons to which he had access. Drug trafficking and guns can only lead to a negative outcome.”
Calabrese was charged with:
Possession of Adderal, Xanax, and codeine syrup (NJ 2C:35-10A(1)
Distribution of Adderal, Xanax, and codeine syrup (NJ 2C:5B(5)
Possession and/or Possession with Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a school (NJ 2C:35-7A)
Possession of Firearms by a person previously convicted of a crime (NJ 2C:39-7B(1)
This investigation is being prosecuted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.