Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Police Seize $6K In Drugs

Michael Arellano (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  MANCHESTER – A Bayville man was arrested on drug charges following a motor vehicle stop, leading to the seizure of approximately $6,000 in narcotics, police said.

  On Jan. 14, members of the Manchester Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) were conducting surveillance when they pulled over 28-year old Michael Arellano on Route 37 near Commonwealth Boulevard.

  After an initial investigation, police searched the vehicle and found approximately 487 grams of marijuana and a quantity of LSD. These drugs have a street value of approximately $2,600.

  Later, a search of Arellano’s residence discovered more narcotics as well as drug paraphernalia including approximately 90 grams of marijuana, approximately 570 milligrams of LSD, approximately 6 grams of cocaine, approximately 8 grams of MDMA more commonly known by its street name “ecstasy,” and various items of paraphernalia associated with the distribution of narcotics. The street value of these items is estimated at approximately $3,400.

  Arellano was arrested and charged with two counts of Distribution of LSD, two counts of Distribution of Marijuana, one count of Distribution of Cocaine, one count of Distribution of MDMA, two counts of Possession of Marijuana over 50 Grams, one count of Possession of Cocaine, one count of Possession of MDMA, one count of Hindering by Concealment and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail. 

  Police seized Arellano’s 2012 Toyota Camry and approximately $3,200 in cash during the investigation. These items are pending forfeiture.