Two Arrested On Drug Charges After Route 37 Traffic Stop

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LAKEHURST – A recent traffic stop led Lakehurst Police to arrest two Ocean County individuals on drug charges. In their possession were 25 bags of heroin and marijuana.

Around 9 p.m. on July 17, Officer Jason Guide stopped a 2004 Volvo for failing to stay inside a lane on Route 37. During an on-scene investigation by Officer Guide, the front seat passenger, 21-year-old Lacey resident Luis Garcia, was found to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and was in possession of heroin and a hypodermic needle. Officer Guide also found the backseat passenger, 21-year-old Gabriele Tyrrell of Ocean Gate, to be in possession 25 bags of heroin and marijuana. Both individuals were arrested. The vehicle’s driver was issued a summons for failing to maintain a traffic lane and was released at the scene.

Garcia became violent during his processing at Lakehurst Police Headquarters and started punching the booking room walls, leaving holes in the sheetrock. He was eventually charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, being under the influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Criminal Mischief. Tyrrell was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Garcia was taken to the Ocean County Jail on a warrant and Tyrrell was released on a summons.