Through the development of citizen tips, the Toms River Police Department Special Enforcement Team conducted an ongoing investigation and surveillance of the Briar Knoll Apartment Complex located at 1255 Route 166, in reference to narcotics distribution.
This investigation led to the apprehension of Rashad Anderson, age 27, from Lakewood and Robert Barbieri age 53, from Toms River.
The officers observed a drug transaction adjacent to the complex and moved in to make contact with the participants.
Upon approach, Rashad Anderson fled on foot and was pursued through the complex grounds. Once caught, he began to physically fight the officers however he was ultimately restrained and taken into custody. He was found to be in possession with crack cocaine.
Robert Barbieri, who cooperated upon his approach, was also in possession of crack cocaine.
A judge ordered search warrant of Rashad Anderson’s vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Equinox, yielded an additional amount of crack cocaine.
Rashad Anderson was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, resisting arrest, obstruction of administration of law, and aggravated assault on a police officer. Bail was set at $75,000.
Robert Barbieri was charged with possession of cocaine and was released on a summons.
Anyone with information on drug activity can call 732-349-0150. [TLS]