BRICK – Thanks to residents bringing their concerns to the township police, a follow-up resulted in a large confiscation of illegal drugs and arrests.
Members of the department’s Street Crimes Unit responded to complaints from members of the community in reference to concerns in their neighborhoods who observed suspicious activity indicative of drug distribution.
These tips led Street Crimes Detectives to make several arrests throughout the township for a variety of criminal activity and quality of life issues.
Serve a search warrant on Jan. 29 on an apartment in Kentwood Village off of Van Zile Road. The resident, Anthony Chieffo 24, and two other township residents, Alexander Santos 21, and Christopher Johnson 19, were on location where officers seized almost seven ounces of marijuana.
Chieffo and Santos were charged with distribution and possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. All three were released on summonses to appear to answer for those charges.
The next day, investigations by the Street Crimes Unit led to a search warrant at a residence on Van Courtland Drive.
This situation resulted in the seizure of over two pounds of marijuana and evidence related to other controlled dangerous substances. The suspect, 18-year-old Dylan Ryan of Brick, was arrested and charged with distribution and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ryan was released on a summons.
Police Chief James Riccio said “I want to assure our residents that the Brick Police take complaints from our residents seriously and that we are here to ensure that our residents enjoy a safe, clean and peaceful community. The Street Crimes Unit is just one part of a larger effort to serve our residence unto that end.”