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Cops: Traffic Stop Led to Search of Brick Home Used for Drug Distribution

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

Police say the search of a home that occurred after the department’s Drug Enforcement Unit made a traffic stop in the parking lot of a local supermarket led them to a cache of drugs that were being “packed for distribution.”

Monday’s 1:10 p.m. traffic stop in the parking lot of the township’s Stop & Shop supermarket immediately led to the arrest of Jeanette Larussa, 33, of Brick, for an outstanding warrant and possession of a quantity of heroin. 

As a result of that stop, the DEU and the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department K-9 Unit conducted a search of her residence on North Pier Drive in the Sailors Quay section.  


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The search of the residence, police said, turned up quantities of crack cocaine that were being packaged for distribution. On location, according to Sgt. Neal Pedersen, there were also approximately 70 wax folds of suspected heroin and two bags of marijuana containing less than 50 grams, plus a total of $429 cash, which was was seized.

  • Arrested at the home were Justin Mcgriff, 19, of Orange.
  • Michael Steltzer, 38, of Brick.
  • Daquan Summers, 18, of East Orange.

All of the suspects were charged with drug possession, manufacturing and distribution of heroin and cocaine, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mcgriff, Larussa and Steltzer were transported to the Ocean County Jail and Summers was charged and released on a summons.

The arrests were the result of a several month long investigation by the Brick Township Drug Enforcement Unit, Pedersen said.

Photos of the suspects were not available.


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