From morning through night, Brick police on Thursday arrested three suspects on drug distribution charges, stemming from the raid of a condominium and a motor vehicle stop.
In the early morning hours, Sgt. Jim Kelly said, the department’s elite Drug Enforcement Unit conducted surveillance on a residence in the Evergreen Woods condominium complex and observed the target of their investigation, Jamie Crippen, 26, of Belinda Court, exit his residence and enter his vehicle. With the help of Patrolman Robert Koch, Crippen’s vehicle was stopped and he was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.
A court-approved search of Crippen’s home and the vehicle that followed yielded quantities of cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale and packaging materials. Over $1,000 worth of proceeds were seized as being suspected proceeds from distributing a controlled dangerous substance, Kelly said. Crippen is facing charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crippen was subsequently lodged into Ocean County Jail.
Later Thursday night, just before 11 p.m., according to Kelly, Patrolman Keven Docherty noticed a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala which he discovered to be unregistered. Patrolman Joseph Riccio was nearby and responded to assist Docherty when he stopped the vehicle for the observed violations, Kelly said. The on-scene investigation, which included a K9 sniff conducted by K9 Officer Keith Prendeville and his partner Max, led to the discovery of approximately 380 bags of heroin, among other contraband.
The driver, identified as Leo Foley, 37 of Holmdel, was charged with second degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with motor vehicle summonses for the motor vehicle violations.
The passenger, identified as Michael Lobue, 39, of Creek Road in Brick, was charged with second degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a prescription legend drug (Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine) without a prescription.
Both Foley and Lobue were subsequently lodged into Ocean County Jail.