K-9 Police Stop Nets Drug Arrest

Manchester Township Police Car (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – A stop for a motor vehicle violation lead to a cocaine bust.

Manchester Township Police stopped Howell resident, Peter Nickey, 31, on Route 37. Police say they found 37 grams of cocaine in 50 bags, seven oxycodone pills, one alprazolam pill, 2.5 grams of marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. Police estimate its street value at $3,700.

Nickey was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of oxycodone, possession of alprazolam, possession of marijuana, hindering evidence by concealment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering to distribute CDS. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.

His 2013 Nissan Altima was seized, as well as $100 cash, all pending forfeiture.

Manchester Police K-9 officer Ptl. Steven Wendruff and his K-9 Partner, Lynk, assisted with the investigation.