Citizen complaints lead to numerous drug arrests

A Lakewood resident is among those nabbed in a proactive enforcement campaign launched by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.), which led to thirteen arrests in various areas throughout the Township.

The enforcement and interdiction detail began after the Narcotics Enforcement Team received several complaints of suspected narcotics related activity in three township neighborhoods. Over the course of several weeks, surveillance details were established throughout the Surf & Stream Campground, as well as in the Cedar Glen West and Pine Ridge South retirement communities. During that time, numerous residents from throughout Ocean County were arrested for drug offenses and/or outstanding warrants in the vicinity of the Campground, Mallard Street in Cedar Glen West, and Winding Brook Way in Pine Ridge South.

Those arrested included, 37-year-old, Ashton Alexander of Lakewood, 33-year-old, Kimberly Burke of Jackson, 29-year-old, Tiffany Dannecker of Brick, 31-year-old, Aliyah Fonseca of Manchester, 32-year-old, Silvano Francis of Jackson, 37-year-old, Nicholas Jandik of Manahawkin, 49-year-old, Darlene Ott of Bayville, 56-year-old, Lori Simone of Manchester, and 29-year-old, Lindsey Stecz of Bayville. A total of 25 criminal charges were issued ranging from Possession of Drug Paraphernalia to Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.  All parties were released on summonses and/or posted bail on any outstanding warrants.

Approximately 36 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $3,300 was seized, along with various prescription pills, a quantity of marijuana, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, and a 2005 Nissan Altima, which is currently pending forfeiture.

Assisting during these proactive enforcement details were members of both the department’s Patrol Bureau and K-9 unit.

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