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Manalapan Man Indicted on Drug and Firearm Possession Charges

The man was allegedly attempting to sell the drugs and on a list restricting him of owning a firearm.

Richard Riccardi, of Manalapan Township, was indicted by the Monmouth County Grand Jury for allegedly possessing marijuana, intending to distribute the drug, and being in possession of a firearm illegally.

According to the indictment issued by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Riccardi, 40, was found to be in possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, including any adulterants and dilutants, on November 3, 2011 in Manalapan. He also allegedly intended to distribute one ounce of the marijuana, according to the indictment.

The Longstreet Road resident was also found to be in possession of a firearm while committing the alleged drug offense. Riccardi is on a list of “Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons” by having previously been convicted on July 2, 1993 of the crime of drug possession with the intent to distribute in New York.

Riccardi was indicted on one count of possession of a dangerous substance, one count of possession of a dangerous substance with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm in the course of committing a drug offense, and two counts of certain persons not to have weapons.

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