Distracted driver stop in Brick leads police to suspected out-of-town heroin dealer

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BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – When Brick Police Officer Morgan Murphy spotted a distracted driver on a cell phone switching between lanes, he didn’t know what was going to happen after he initiated a traffic stop.

According to the Brick Police Department, “On Wednesday, at approximately 10:15 p.m. Officer Murphy observed an erratic driver on Brick Blvd. Officer Murphy initiated a motor vehicle stop for failure to maintain lane and use of a cell phone while driving.”

The department said the Brick Street Crimes Unit (SCU) Detectives arrived on the scene to assist with the stop.

“The driver, Barry Ellenwood, 35 years old from Wharton, was arrested for obstruction after failing to obey officers’ commands to exit the vehicle,” the department said in a statement on Monday. “A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers discovered five bundles of heroin packaged for sale in addition to a large amount of currency. Ellenwood 2nd was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, possession of heroin, obstruction, failure to maintain lane, use of a hands-free cellular phone and tinted windows.”

Ellenwood was lodged in Ocean County Jail.


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