The Brick police department’s Street Crimes Unit has arrested eight suspects over the past several days stemming from four incidents that members investigated.
The most recent came Saturday, March 7, when detectives from the Street Crimes Unit were in the area of the Brick Motor Inn when they observed a suspicious motor vehicle, Sgt. Jim Kelly said. The vehicle was subsequently stopped at which time they detected an odor of marijuana and conducted a search. The rear passenger, Matthew Diaz of Brick, was arrested for possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Diaz, police said in a statement, was found to have smoked crack cocaine at the Brick Motor Inn prior to the motor vehicle stop and was also charged with being under the influence of drugs.
Diaz was processed and transported to Ocean County Jail. K9 Echo assisted with the investigation.
In the second incident, which took place Friday, March 6 at about 7 p.m., members of the Street Crimes Unit were in the area of the Brick Motor Inn, 912 Route 70. There, Kelly said, they observed a vehicle occupied by a male driver – later identified as Forlang Spencer, of Newark – and a male passenger, later identified as Roberto Ritorto, of Old Bridge, sitting inside the parked vehicle. The passenger, Ritorto, exited the vehicle and approached a third man, later identified as Thomas Woltmann.
Ritorto, police allege, subsequently re-entered the vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed. While doing so the occupants began to throw debris from the vehicle, according to police. A motor vehicle stop was conducted for the violations, and Ptl. Scott Smith with his K9 partner Echo, arrived on scene to assist. Based on a positive indication from K9 Echo the vehicle and its occupants were searched which led to the seizure of numerous cell phones and a quantity of cocaine and heroin, both of which were packaged for sale.
A short time later, detectives made contact with the third individual, Woltmann, who was found to be in possession of cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
As a result of the investigation $805 in US Currency, the vehicle, and quantities of Cocaine, Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia were seized.
Forlang Spencer was charged with the following:
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – (3 Counts)
- Manufacturing – Distributing Heroin / Cocaine
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle
- Careless Driving
- Throwing Debris from a Motor Vehicle
He was processed and transported to Ocean County Jail
Thomas Woltmann was charged with the following:
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Being Under the influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
Woltmann was released on a summons.
Roberto Ritorto was charged with the following:
- Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Manufacturing Distributing Heroin / Cocaine
Ritorto was processed and transported to Ocean County Jail.
In the third incident reported by police, SCU detectives observed a drug transaction inside a vehicle in the parking lot of 7-Eleven store located at 856 Route 70, Kelly said.
As the detectives approached the vehicle which was being operated by Jeffrey Hernandez, of Brick, Wilfredo Acevedo, of Tuckerton, was attempting to exit the vehicle.
The officers identified themselves at which time Hernandez quickly backed his vehicle to flee, nearly striking one of the detectives with the vehicle, said Kelly. Hernandez was apprehended a short distance away in the parking lot of Joe Canals where he was taken into custody.
A search of his vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana and packaging materials, police charge. Acevedo attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by detectives in the parking lot. He was placed into custody and found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. Both subjects were transported to Ocean County Jail. Ptl. Scott Smith and Brick Police K-9 Echo assisted with a sniff of the vehicle.
Acevedo was charged with Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting by flight. He was processed and transported to Ocean County Jail.
Hernandez was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug Paraphernalia, distribution of drugs, resisting by flight and obstruction. He was also processed and transported to the Ocean County Jail.
Finally, on Feb 13 at 6:20 p.m., detectives from the unit observed an occupied suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 945 Cedarbridge Avenue (Leonard Perry Motors), Kelly said. Detectives approached the vehicle and made contact with the two occupants, identified as Nicholas Toto and Piotr Korytkowski. According to police, the vehicle was found to be unregistered with a fictitious license plate. An odor of raw marijuana was detected and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search an amount of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and packaging materials were located, said Kelly.
Toto was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Jail.
Korytkowski was charged with Possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He was processed and released on a summons.