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Brick PD Make Arrests After 3 Drug Deals in Township Neighborhood

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Brick police have made arrests after an off-duty officer noticed what eventually proved to be a pattern of drug deals that occurred Wednesday. 

The transactions were observed near the Seawood Harbor neighborhood, off Drum Point Road, said Capt. Vince Pacitti. At 12:27 p.m. the off-duty officer observed what appeared to be a drug transaction taking place in the neighborhood. One of the subjects involved in the transaction left the area in a white Volkswagen Jetta, which was located by Ptl. Smith nearby, Pacitti said. He conducted a motor vehicle stop, at which point the driver, Jonathan Caso, 39, of Brick, admitted meeting with William Grone, a 34-year-old Whiting resident, for the purpose of obtaining heroin. Caso told the officer he was hoping Grone would spot him the heroin, but Grone refused. Caso was found to be in possession of several needles and a bag of heroin, Pacitti said, and was arrested and charged with possession of heroin paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Jonathan Caso
Jonathan Caso

Two hours later, at 4:45 p.m., the same off-duty officer saw what appeared to be a second drug transaction in the same neighborhood, according to police.

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 This time, the rear passenger of a black Nissan Altima was observed meeting with  Grone. After the meeting, the black Nissan Altima traveled to the Walgreens at 2546 Hooper Ave. Members of the Selective Enforcement Team located the vehicle in the parking lot and saw the rear seat passenger preparing a hypodermic needle for injection, Pacitti said. The rear seat passenger, Matthew Martindell, 32, of Seaside Heights, was removed from the vehicle and arrested. Martindell admitting purchasing heroin from a friend named “Willy.” Martindell was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of heroin paraphernalia.

Matthew Martindell
Matthew Martindell

After the second incident, police began a surveillance operation in the neighborhood where the drug deals were occurring. 
At approximately 5 p.m., a white Volkswagen Jetta was observed in the area and the driver was seen meeting with Grone. The driver of the Volkswagen was identified by the officers as Jonathan Caso, who had been processed on his earlier arrest and released after being issued a summons. 

 Caso was stopped again and admitted purchasing 10 wax folds of heroin from Grone, Pacitti said. The heroin was recovered and Caso was placed under arrest. He was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin paraphernalia.

Ptl. Mauro and Ptl. Puccio then made contact with Grone and confronted him about the recent heroin sales. Grone was arrested for distribution of heroin, possession of heroin and possession of heroin paraphernalia. Grone had $504 in his possession at the time of his arrest, which was seized pending forfeiture proceedings.  

Brick Township Municipal Court was contacted and Judge Joseph D. Grisanti set bail at $7500 for Jonathan Caso, $7500 for Matthew Martindell, and $30,000 for William Grone. All three men were unable to post bail and were transported to Ocean County Jail.  
Grone was no longer listed as an inmate Thursday.


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  • Goodgrief

    Great the two users sit in jail and the pusher is back out on the streets.

    • J W

      There’s that latent bias again. You’re really just mad they put two white boys up there for us to point fingers at. You want to be angry at black people.

      • Goodgrief

        I didn’t know Grone is black. You base all on race. You are a racist.

      • J W

        Then why are you mad about two white people in mugshots being up there? You’re never mad about two black men im mugshots being posted. This double standard shows your hostility to people. Stop wanting to hate people for being different. We’re tired of being lynched by you people.

      • Goodgrief

        You are ridiculous.

      • Trump for President

        J W is a white, liberal woman.
        Stop trying to debate it.

      • J W

        And you’re a racist, white idiot Trump supporter who is on his 30th some odd account because he it keeps getting zapped by moderators for hate speech. This is the face of America- hateful cowards who rule by minority. What a great country we live in.

      • Goodgrief

        The rhetoric is offensive no matter who constantly repeats it.

      • KC

        Grone is white, actually.

      • J W

        I really couldn’t care less who he even is really. He doesn’t matter to anything as far as I’m concerned. This is somebody mad about being called out on their bias and wanting to deflect.

      • Goodgrief

        That is what I figured until the racist started complaining. He tends to obsess on things.

      • Name01

        I know will grone, and his twin sister. Or I did. They moved into my neighborhood in whiting in like thier 6th grade. And they are both very very WHITE. All three of them in this article are white boys.

      • J W

        He is irrelevant at this point. He’s barely a footnote here to start with and no valid reason anyone should be mad about two low lifesb eing named and shame… unless they’re looking for an excuse to hate somebody else.

      • Name01

        Your right. It’s a shame the newspaper just outs people in that manner. It’s even more of a shame that two of these I grew up with are still having these problems. But there was still no reason to bring race into the mix. You, unfortunately arejusy a foot note, of so many who automatically pull that card. Race isn’t the problem. The drug is the problem, and our fucked up system

      • Name01

        *are just

      • Name01

        Heroin. Pain pills. They don’t discriminate. Neither should we. It destroys all lives. Black or white

  • ThatGuy

    Why did the Municipal Judge let a obvious heroin addict out on a summons so quickly?? Send him to the county and let them deal with him.

    The judge just tosses a addict back on the street in a few hours, that puts everyone at risk. The dude was going to either get his dope or do dumb shit until he got it. Be thankful he didnt rob your house.

  • Daniel Nee Is a Loser

    Such a fair and honest reporter you are Daniel Nee. Great job showing photos of the two buyers but not the piece of garbage dealer. Do your job and show the people who the real threat is.

    • ThatGuy

      So which one of the loser heroin addicts are you related to? Is one of them your bf?

      Dan is a great reporter, dont trash him. Be mad at the police that dont release photos and addresses of criminals.

      • Daniel Nee Is a Loser

        I’m not related to either of them nor is one of them my boyfriend. Karma is a bitch though for people like you who. And you are “that guy” meaning, well you know – a total arrogant know-it-all. A fair and honest reporter would have shown all of their photos or none of their photos. Don’t read into things too much. And yes, he is a loser for failing to do a good job reporting. I didn’t even pick on the fact that he writes like a middle-schooler. Which, incidentally, so do you.

      • ThatGuy

        So your saying Dan had all three photos but purposefully chose to post only 2? Yeah ok.

        I like how you want to make fun of my name, look at your own screen name you moron.

        Hard to call Dan a middle school reporter when your screen name is basically a middle school kid calling someone names.

        Grow up kid, stop getting mad over articles about heroin addicts, they are worthless humans that live off of bleeding heart fools like you.

      • Daniel Nee Is a Loser

        Oh my God. I wish I could meet you. You’re such a genius. I could learn so much from you. Haha. Last I checked “journalists” (and yes that’s in quotes for a reason, because Dan as you so affectionately refer to him as and others, have access to OPRA, etc. and can get the things they need for a proper story). In this instance, he didn’t do his due diligence and threw up the pictures of two addicts and not the dealer who is the more serious criminal. I’m so upset too by you calling me a “moron” and a “bleeding heart fool.” Did you flex your puny little milk toast muscles in your fingers whenyou typed that? Such a tough guy. So holier than though. Oh what I would pay to be you for a day and be able to see the world through a fool’s eyes. But even better will be the day that someone you love or care for becomes a “worthless human” (addict) as you so ‘affectionately’refer to them as. People like you are part of the problem. Go bury your head in the sand and defend some two bit reporter for the Shorebeat. Whoopty-do! Being a reporter for the Shorebeat and 25 cents might buy me a pack of gum. Oh and by the way, this is just fun for me – I love irritating small and insignificant people like you and Dan the “journalist.” Hahahahaha. I feel your blood pressure rising as I type this!!!

      • ThatGuy

        The fact that you just wrote a long diatribe proves to us all that your emotionally invested in this article way more than you should be.

        I feel bad for whatever dope fiend you love that you need to lash out at a small website, something is causing your anger and its not Dan.

        Perhaps you lost your heroin dealer??

    • Smokin

      Show all of the trash..maybe they leave area …or oh well

  • Cate Hutchinson

    The message to heroin dealers should be that everyone is watching you, and to all residents: be aware and watch for anything that looks like a drug deal and report it. Report anything and everything that looks suspicious. When you do, more of these scumbags will be in jail. HUGE thanks to that off duty officer who happened to see this, but this is happening in your own neighborhood probably everyday. Be watching and don’t hesitate to make that call. If the dealer or middle man spends even a few hours in jail, I think about a recent Shorebeat article and think at least that time might mean one less hour that a little baby has to sit in a car seat on the corner with a shitty diaper full of poop and herion foils, crying, while her mom and dad are passed out and puking in the car because people like this sold them drugs.

  • MP Gerrity

    The big unanswered question is; why so much use of an addictive substance that can only big out the worst in us?