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Brick Township Weekend Drug Sweep Nets Multiple Arrests

BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – Brick Township’s Street Crimes Unit of the police department made multiple arrests across own this past weekend, as a crackdown against illegal drug activity and gangs continued.

On May 26th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Yorktown Plaza. The driver was identified as James McColley (39 years old from Toms River). During the course of the investigation McColley was found to be in possession of a used hypodermic syringe containing suspected heroin residue, a glass pipe containing crack cocaine residue, and a quantity of crack cocaine. McColley was charged with Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. McColley was also issued traffic summonses for Failure to Maintain Lane, Suspended Registration, Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Unsafe Motor Vehicle. McColley was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Also on May 26th, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Street Crimes Detectives observed a CDS related transaction in the area of the Walmart on Route 88. Investigation revealed James Pasqualetto (22 years old from Whiting) and Therese Howard (20 years old from Lakewood) to be in possession of THC Cartridges and drug paraphernalia. Both arrestees were processed and released on a summons for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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On May 27th, Street Crimes Unit Detectives investigated a suspicious vehicle in the Waterside Gardens apartment complex. Detectives identified the occupants as Lewis C. Bishop (20 years old from Brick) and Janiece C. Granville (18 years old from Berkley Twp.). Bishop was found in possession of multiple bags of marijuana, and Granville was found in possession of marijuana, liquid THC oil in a hypodermic syringe, and a digital scale. Bishop was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS, Paraphernalia, and was subsequently lodged in Ocean County Jail. Granville was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia, Possession of THC liquid, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and was released on a complaint summonses pending a court date.

On May 28th, Street Crimes Unit detectives responded to a report of a female possibly using CDS in the portable toilet located at Wawa on Lanes Mill Road. Detectives observed Neysa Rivera (28 years old from Browns Mills) exit the portable toilet, and she appeared to be under the influence of a CDS. Rivera was placed under arrest and charged with Obstruction, possession of heroin, crack cocaine, Alprazolam, a hypodermic syringe, and paraphernalia. Rivera was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

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Also on May 28th, Street Crimes Unit Detectives investigated a CDS related incident in the area of the Maple Leaf Apartment Complex. Kevin M. Devlin (39 years old of Brick) and Thomas J. Smith (41 years old, also of Brick) were observed conducting a hand to hand drug transaction. A search of their vehicle revealed a glass pipe containing suspected crack cocaine. Upon further investigation, both were found to have and were charged with possession of approximately forty-five (45) wax folds of suspected heroin. Devlin and Smith were both charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and paraphernalia. Devlin also had multiple outstanding warrants. Devlin and Smith were both lodged in Ocean County Jail.

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Also on May 28th, Street Crimes Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle occupied by Dalton Anderson (23 years old from Lacey). Investigation led to the seizure of approximately 2 ounces of marijuana, approximately 2 ounces of THC liquid, THC edibles, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia. Anderson was subsequently arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail on a warrant for 2 counts of Manufacturing CDS, 2 counts of possession of more than 50 grams of Marijuana, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

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