STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit concluded an extensive narcotics investigation with the arrest of 78 year old Allen Poplawski, Poplawski lives on Whitecap Avenue in the Ocean Acres section of Stafford. The arrest took place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at approximately 7:50 PM.

The Stafford Police reported on Thurday that Poplawski had been a target of interest that was initiated with numerous anonymous tips called into the Township Drug Enforcement Unit.  At the time of his arrest, which was the result of a motor vehicle stop, Poplawski was in possession of 100 bags of Heroin. 

Following the motor vehicle stop and arrest of Poplawski, the DEU along with the assistance of the Stafford Township Police’s Detective Bureau, K-9 Unit and the Barnegat Township Police’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) served a search warrant at a residence on Oak Avenue in the Cedar Run section of Stafford Township.  

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Poplawski was charged with Possession of CDS Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS Heroin, and Distribution of CDS Heroin. He was served criminal complaint summonses pending a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.

Several more arrests were made when the search warrant was executed.  

  • Maryann Garcia, 40 years old and Alan Hill 32 years old were found hiding in the attic of the home on Oak Avenue while the Detectives were searching the residence. Both were charged with Hindering Apprehension, Possession of CDS Heroin, Possession of CDS Prescription Tablets.

Both were later transported to the Ocean County Jail on outstanding warrants in lieu of their bail by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, after they each received criminal complaint summonses pending a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.  

Two others were also arrested in the investigation.

  • Trudy Shinn, 50 years old, was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS Heroin and Possession of CDS Methamphetamine. 
  • Devin Post, 30 years old, was arrested for Possession of CDS Heroin and Possession with CDS paraphernalia. 

Shinn and Post were released on criminal complaint summonses pending a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.

Any anonymous tips can be called into the Stafford Township Police Department at (609) 597-1189 Ext. 8477 (TIPS). 


Stafford Township Police Department does not release arrest photos of defendants, and the public and press are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.