Police Seize Heroin, Loaded Handgun

Photo courtesy Howell Police

  HOWELL – In two separate incidents township police made arrests and seized heroin and a loaded handgun on Jan. 23.

  Patrolman Kyle made a motor vehicle stop in the Ramtown section involving a vehicle that was reported to be driving erratically.  The officer requested K9 assistance from a police service dog team.

  Sgt. Bondarew and K9 Vito arrived on scene and a search revealed the driver as Arnold Gainey 59, Jersey City was in possession and intended to distribute over 900 wax folds of suspected heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription medications.

  Kyle was in possession of a 9mm handgun loaded with hollow point ammunition.  The passenger in the car, Ryan Chapman, 38, Howell who has earned frequent flyer miles with us was also arrested.


  Chapman was charged with possession of suspected heroin and possession of marijuana.  As a result, both subjects were processed and transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution as per Bail Reform. 

  A short time later members of the Crime Suppression Unit arrested Jabari Alvaranga 25, Trenton for possession/distribution of nearly 1000 wax folds of suspected heroin.

  Police lured Alvaranga from Trenton under the premise that he was selling to another addict but instead met up with an officer. Alvaranga was transported to MCCI as per Bail Reform

  Police seized their vehicles and a significant amount of cash in their possession. 

  Police Chief Andre Kudrick reported, “since January 1, Howell police officers have collectively removed nearly 3,000 folds of heroin from our streets and those responsible for it.”

  “Three thousand doses of this evil that has plagued our communities for many years now and we will continue to go after those who are responsible for distributing this poison while assisting those who are addicted,” the chief added.  

  Chief Kudrick said, “last week we had two residents die from overdoses. As a result of these arrests, my officers prevented another family from having to grieve.”