A pair of young Toms River residents have been charged with distributing heroin following an investigation that yielded three arrests, but also injured a detective.
According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Zachary Lockwood, 20, of Toms River, and Brittany Serovinski, 21, of Brick, were arrested last week on drug distribution charges following an investigation by the office’s Narcotics Strike Force. A third arrestee, Nicole Davison, 35, of Waretown, was charged with simple drug possession.
County detectives and police from Berkeley, Lacey and Toms River partnered in the investigation that ended in the arrests at the parking lot of a shopping center March 22. During the course of the investigation, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force Detectives located Lockwood and Serovinski operating a 2002 Blue Ford Explorer in the parking lot of the Shop Rite on Route 37 in Toms River, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
While conducting surveillance of Lockwood and Serovinski, detectives observed them “engage in suspicious activity indicative of an illicit drug sale” with a woman later identified as Davison.
As detectives approached the car, Lockwood, who was seated in the driver’s seat, began to reach into the center console and behind the seat, prosecutors say. As the officers attempted to remove him from the vehicle, Lockwood allegedly became combative, resisted arrest, and caused injury to one of the detectives who required treatment at the scene for his injuries.
A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a loaded flair gun behind the seat as well as a large machete knife, according to officials. Additionally, they say, approximately 200 individual dosage units of heroin and quantities of cocaine were located and seized from the vehicle. Davison was also found to be in possession of cocaine, authorities charge.
Lockwood and Serovinski are charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, as well as simple possession. Lockwood was additionally charged with weapons charges – both unlawful possession and possession during the commission of a drug offense.
Lockwood remains lodged at the Ocean County Jail. Serovinski was released pending a court appearance and Davison was released pending a future court date.