Police Stop in Brick Leads to Arrest of Local Ecstasy Drug Dealer

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BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Thursday evening, October 22nd, at approximately 6:00 P.M., Street Crimes Unit Detectives observed two people meet briefly in a parking area in the Maple Leaf Complex. One of the subjects tossed a drawstring bag into the back seat of a white Chrysler 300. The Chrysler left the area at a high rate of speed. With the help of Officers Mark Catalina and Mike Zolezi Jr. the Detectives stopped the Chrysler in the area of Burnt Tavern Rd. and Lanes Mill Rd. The driver, Louis Vargas (43 years old of Manchester) and the passenger Eli Brown-Casalan (42 years old of Lakewood) were both arrested after Detectives discovered Cocaine, Marijuana and Paraphernalia. Brown-Casalan also had an active warrant for his arrest for $1336.00 out of Brick Township.

Vargas was issued a Summons for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and motor vehicle violations.

Brown-Casalan was issued a Summons for Possession of Cocaine, which was packaged for resale, Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy), Possession of Marijuana, which was packaged for resale, and Possession with Intent to Distribute those drugs.

Later that night SCU Detectives observed suspicious activity in the area of the construction zone on Burnt Tavern Rd. and Van Zile Rd. when two vehicles left the area at high rates of speed in separate directions. With the help of the Patrol Division, the SCU Detectives stopped both vehicles.

Adrian J. Woodward (33 years old of Manchester) was stopped in the area the Brick Reservoir after Officers observed multiple motor vehicle violations. Investigation on the scene led to the discovery of 34 grams of cocaine, 82 grams of marijuana and packaging materials for the resale of the drugs. Woodward was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute the Marijuana and Cocaine and multiple motor vehicle violations. Woodward’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

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The other vehicle was stopped on Van Zile Rd. The driver, identified as Madison Struyf (20 years old of Brick), was arrested after Officers discovered drugs. Struyf was issued a Summons for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Gabapentin, Possession of Fraudulent Government Documents and multiple motor vehicle violations.

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