Members of the Manchester Police Narcotics Enforcement Team found the man they were looking for and the end result was a Howell man in handcuffs after being found with over $3,700.00 worth of cocaine at a traffic stop.

The stop, which took place on Route 37 on July 12 near Commonwealth Boulevard, was for a motor vehicle violation.

During the course of the stop and investigation, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and driver and found 37 grams of cocaine in 50 separately packaged bags, 7 oxycodone pills, 1 alprazolam pill, 2.5 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, 31-year old Peter Nickey of Howell was charged with one count each of Possession of and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Alprazolam, Possession of Marijuana, Hindering Evidence by Concealment, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering to Distribute CDS.

He was then lodged in Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.

Manchester Police K-9 officer, Ptl. Steven Wendruff and his K-9 Partner, Lynk assisted with the investigation.

The 2013 Nissan Altima that Nickey was driving was seized during the investigation, as well as approximately $100.00 in cash, pending forfeiture.

Residents are reminded that drug tips can be reported to the Manchester Police Department anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website,, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

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