FREEHOLD – An Asbury Park man was sentenced to a total of 12 years in state prison in connection with a 2023 drug investigation, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Tuesday.

On Monday January 29, 2024, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill O’Malley, Tyheim McGhee, of Asbury Park, was sentenced to 12 years in a New Jersey State Prison on a first-degree Possession of a Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute in excess of five ounces and seven years on a second-degree Distribution of over ½ ounce of cocaine, and a five-year prison term on a third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

McGhee previously entered a plea on Monday, November 6, 2023.

The charges stem from a cooperative investigation involving detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Task Force, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, in February and March 2023.  During the investigation, McGhee sold a total of over a ½ ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer on four separate occasions. 

The investigation culminated when members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, and Asbury Park Police Department, executed a search warrant on McGhee’s Borden Avenue residence on March 24, 2023. During the search, police recovered over five ounces of cocaine as well as paraphernalia used in the distribution of narcotics.

This case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Emily Cartmell. McGhee is being represented by Charles Moriarty, Esq., of West Long Branch.