Four drug suspects from Monmouth and Ocean Counties are caught with two-and-a-half bricks of heroin after trying to outrun the law, according to New Jersey State Police.

Darnell Williams, 34, of Jackson; and Joseph Cottrell, 50, of Howell, face numerous drug charges following their July 31 arrests, during which state troopers said they seized heroin valued at $800.

Daniel O'Shea, 41, of Howell, the wheel man in the alleged aborted getaway, faces possession and obstruction counts, and Nyesa Richardson, 32, of Howell, is also charged with obstruction.

Cottrell was arrested nearly one month ago at a house on Bellflower Court in Toms River by state troopers at the end of a two-month investigation, in which more than a thousand doses of heroin were seized.

State troopers who led the probe pinpointed Williams and Cottrell as pushers, and converged on a Church Road house in Howell Monday. Cottrell, who police said was the subject of an active warrant in Cherry Hill, was arrested without incident, and the drugs were confiscated.

Authorities said that Williams hopped into a car driven by O'Shea, which troopers stopped, arresting O'Shea as Williams bolted away. He was captured at the Red Roof Inn in Neptune Township, where Richardson was also taken into custody.

Williams is charged with distribution and eluding, and is in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. Cottrell faces three possession charges, and with O'Shea and Richardson is released to await court proceedings.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.


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