Three Arrested On Drug Charges

Photo by Jason Allentoff

BRICK – Township police made three drug related arrests on November 14.

  The charges include drug possession and distribution following an early morning investigation by members of the department’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

  The unit conducted surveillance on a residence in the Evergreen Woods Condominium Complex and observed the target of their investigation, Belinda Court resident Jamie Crippen, 26, leave his residence and enter his vehicle. 

  With the help of Patrolman Robert Koch, Crippen’s vehicle was stopped and Crippen was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.

  Members of the Selective Enforcement Team, working with the DEU, executed a court authorized search warrant on Crippen’s residence which revealed cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale and packaging materials. 

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  More than $1,000 worth of proceeds were seized as being suspected proceeds from distributing a controlled dangerous substance. The specific charges against Crippen are possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. 

  Crippen is currently lodged at the Ocean County Jail.

  Just before 11 p.m., Patrolman Keven Docherty observed a dark colored Chevy Impala which he discovered to be unregistered.   Patrolman Joseph Riccio was nearby and responded to assist Docherty when he stopped the vehicle for the observed violations. An investigation on the scene, which included a K-9 sniff conducted by K-9 Officer Keith Prendeville and his partner Max, led to the discovery of approximately 380 bags of heroin, among other contraband.

  The driver, Leo Foley, 37, Holmdel, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of paraphernalia, along with motor vehicle summonses for the motor vehicle violations.

  The passenger, Michael Lobue, 39, of Old Creek Road was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a prescription legend drug (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine).

  Foley and Lobue were later lodged into Ocean County Jail.