Brick Police Street Crimes Unit lays down the hammer on illegal drug activity
The Brick Police Street Crimes Unit is tenacious, relentless and just really good at what they do and that's, in part, sweep the streets of illegal drug activity.
During the month of July, there were several incidents where the drug trail ran to an end as police broke it up.
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Robert Trella Jr., 46, of Toms River and Crystal Rella, 36, of Brick bore witness to the crackdown on July 14.
SCU Detectives watched a blue Honda CRV commit several motor vehicle violations, from littering to failing to maintain lane of travel and then an equipment violation all while traveling along Drum Point Road.
The vehicle was stopped after it entered into the Wawa parking lot and during the stop, Detectives suspected the presence of drugs in the vehicle and called for a K9.
While that was going on, Brick Police said that, "Crystal’s demeanor escalated to the point of yelling obscenities at the officers on scene" which later led to a disturbance in the parking lot.
When warnings from police didn't work, she was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.
Meanwhile, Lakewood K9 Handler Dellevella and his K9 partner arrived on scene to aid Brick PD and then Detectives saw Robert put something in his mouth leading police to believe he was trying to destroy evidence.
Officers then began to place Robert under arrest and retrieve the evidence.
Robert tried to fight officers off but to no avail as he was eventually handcuffed and police got the evidence -- a small package that appeared to contain Methamphetamine, police said.
Crystal ended up being released on summonses charging her with littering and Disorderly Conduct.
The same for Robert who was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), drug paraphernalia, failure to turn over CDS, hindering apprehension, obstruction and criminal mischief.
He was also given summonses for the motor vehicle violations, including possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle.
On Monday, July 19, SCU pulled over a vehicle along Brick Boulevard and York Town Plaza and it turned out that the passenger, Clifton Tancemore, 38 of Brick had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Lavallette, in the amount of $200.00.
He was placed under arrest and transported to Brick Police headquarters and was released after posting bail.
On Thursday, July 22, SCU Detectives were conducting surveillance outside of the Pleasure Zone and suspicious activity caught their attention in the parking lot involving a car committing several motor vehicle infractions.
The vehicle they were watching also had fictious license plates from Illinois.
Once SCU Detectives pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver as Omar Aragon-Mendoza, 44, of Lakewood, an arrest was made and the driver was charged with DWI.
Detectives also discovered a plastic bag containing a cocaine during the stop which led to an additional charge for Aragon-Mendoza in the form of possession of CDS and paraphernalia.
Police also issued him traffic summonses for Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test, Failure to Maintain Lane, Speeding, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Provide a Driver’s License, Failure to Provide Insurance and Registration, Fictious License Plates, not wearing a seatbelt, Uninsured Motorist, Improper Passing, and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License.
Aragon-Mendoza was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
On Friday, July 23, SCU Detectives arrested Dajon Reid, 30, of Brick after a two-week narcotics related investigation where he was suspected of dealing heroin.
Reid was charged for the crime with distributing CDS, and possession of CDS and paraphernalia.
Police also found an undisclosed sum of cash "believed to be proceeds from the drug distribution" and Reid was then placed in the Ocean County Jail.