by Vincent Manco, MPD
MANCHESTER-Three local men, including two from Manchester were arrested by officers from the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team after they investigated suspected drug activity in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township. The investigation started after the Narcotics Team received several complaints about suspected drug activity in the area.
On Wednesday evening, December 28, 2016, members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) were conducting surveillance in the Pine Lake Park section of the Township when they observed suspicious activity which they suspected to be drug related. At approximately 6:21 P.M., officers stopped a suspicious vehicle, which was involved in the suspected drug distribution investigation on State Highway 70 near mile marker 37. During the stop, officers detected the odor of marijuana inside of the vehicle and subsequently requested the assistance of the Department’s K-9 Unit which was nearby. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old, Nicholas Marquis of Beacon Street in Manchester, provided false information to officers. Additionally, he was found to be in possession of a hunting knife, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. One of the vehicle’s passengers, 18-year-old, Troy Ksyniak of Monmouth Avenue in Manchester was also found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The third occupant of the vehicle, 21-year-old, Elijah Miller of Anchorage Boulevard in Bayville was found to be in possession of 28 doses of LSD or “acid”, alprazolam, marijuana, THC extract, and drug paraphernalia. As a result, all three were arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing.
As a result of the investigation, Ksyniak was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and Possession of Paraphernalia, and released on criminal summonses. Marquis was charged with Hindering His Own Apprehension, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail on $15,000.00 bail. Miller was charged with Possession of LSD, Possession with Intent to Distribute LSD, Possession of Alprazolam (Schedule IV), Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of THC Extract, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail on $100,000.00 bail. Assisting in the investigation were members of the Department’s Patrol Bureau.
Residents are reminded that drug tips can be reported to the Manchester Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.
Marquis and Miller are no longer lodged in the Ocean County Jail, according to the jail’s inmate lookup system.