Two arrested after two-month cocaine bust investigation in New Jersey


By: Richard L. Smith

A two-month investigation into cocaine distribution in Trenton ended this week with the arrest of two people and the seizure of about $70,000 worth of cocaine, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.

In a statement released by county officials, the operation, led by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force (MCNTF), with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and local police forces from Ewing, Hamilton and Trenton, reached its peak on April 29, 2024.

Mercer County law enforcement officers arrested Mr. Dayron Vaughn, 48, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, during a motor vehicle stop while he was driving a motorcycle on West Hanover Street at approximately 4 p.m

Police said in the statement that Vaughn was found in possession of approximately 10 grams of powder cocaine.

The Mercer County Tactical Response Team then assisted the MCNTF in executing a search warrant at a residence on Edgewood Avenue that was connected to the distribution network.

Inside the residence, Mercer County investigators discovered a large amount of cocaine stored in a black safe and various drug paraphernalia in the basement, consistent with drug manufacturing.

Mr Barry Coles, 56, who was present during the search, was arrested without incident. Both Vaughn and Coles face multiple first-degree drug charges, including operating a drug factory.

They were lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center and prosecutors filed motions to have both detained pending trial. A total of 700 grams of cocaine were seized from the affected apartment.

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