Drug suspects wanted in five jurisdictions, say Manchester police
Allegedly trailing a string of warrants, a Whiting man and a Lakehurst woman reach the end of their road during a traffic stop in Manchester, and now face drug-related charges as well.
According to township police, Darryn Jackson, 39, was a passenger in the car driven by Tina Piazza, 44, when narcotics officers flagged her to the side of a road they did not identify Wednesday. The stop involved members of the patrol unit, Narcotics Enforcement Team and K-9 unit.
Police characterize Jackson as a "known wanted person," the subject of a $14,700 child support warrant issued in Ocean County, a $1,500 warrant in Miltown, a $1,000 warrant in Berlin and a $400 warrant in Jackson.
Piazza is wanted on a $500 warrant issued in Toms River, police said.
Outside the car, K-9 Officer Marc Micciulla's partner Storm's reactions led to the suspicion of drugs, leading to a consent search.
Police said they recovered several articles of "drug paraphernalia" which they did not describe. While in custody, Jackson was found in possession of heroin, crack cocaine, and MDMA, or ecstasy.
In addition to the warrants, Jackson was charged with hindering by way of concealment of controlled dangerous substances, and four related possession counts. Piazza is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
Both were retained at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River.
Suspicions of drug activity in Manchester can be reported confidentially to township police through the Tip Line link on their web page, or at 732-657-6111.
Charges are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.