OCEAN COUNTY – Police announced the arrests of four individuals after witnessing what they said was a drug deal.
The incident happened on Nov. 2 in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township, which is separated from the main bulk of Berkeley by the entire town of South Toms River.
Police say they saw David Spinks, 42, of Toms River meet up with Michael Everitt, 32, of Bayville and Kevin Banks, 37, of Lakewood in Manitou Park. They said they watched transactions which appeared to be Spinks selling drugs to Everitt and Banks.
The three men were pulled over by police afterward. Everitt was found to be in possession of approximately ten grams of cocaine and a quantity of Xanax tablets. Banks was found to be in possession of approximately ten grams of cocaine. Spinks was found to be in possession of approximately one hundred grams of cocaine, quantities of Xanax tablets and marijuana, approximately $1,800 in cash, and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Kristian Myres, 44, of Blackwood, was a passenger in Spinks’ vehicle. The following charges were given:
- David Spinks was charged with Possession of Cocaine in an amount greater than one-half ounce but less than five ounces with Intent to Distribute; two counts of Possession of Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce with Intent to Distribute; Distribution of less than one-half ounce of Cocaine; three counts of Possession of Cocaine; Possession of Alprazolam; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; Possession of a Weapon in the Course of Committing a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense; Being a Certain Person not to Possess a Weapon; and Obstructing the Administration of Law.
- Michael Everitt was charged with Possession of Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce; Possession of Cocaine; and Possession of various Prescription Drugs without Valid Prescriptions.
- Kevin Banks was charged with Possession of Cocaine in an amount less than one-half ounce with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Cocaine; and Eluding.
- Kristian Myres was charged with Wandering in a Public Place to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer commended the multi-agency investigation which included the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Berkeley Township Police Department, Beachwood Police Department, Barnegat Township Police Department, South Toms River Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.