A lieutenant who was heading the Ocean County Sheriff's Department canine unit has pleaded guilty to misusing more than a kilogram of cocaine designated for canine training. Adams used the cocaine himself and falsely reported that it had been accidentally thrown away with other canine training supplies. He blamed other members of the canine unit for the cocaine's disappearance.|
John C. Adams, 40, of Toms River is required to serve three years in prison with two years of parole ineligibility under a guilty plea to official misconduct and theft. Adams, who was a sheriff's officer for 16 years, also must give up his public employment and is ineligible for future government work in New Jersey.