Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr
Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

Officers with the Brick Township Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit made two drug busts – one precipitated by a road rage incident witnessed by officers, the department said.

In the first incident, officers observed a road rage incident involving two vehicles in the area of Cedarbridge Avenue on May 20 at about 4 p.m. An occupant in one of the vehicles threw a frozen beverage at the driver of the other vehicle, Ptl. Victoria Finelli said. The suspect vehicle was pulled over in the parking lot of La-Z-Boy Furniture at 540 Route 70.

An investigation revealed Stephanie Abad, 25, of Brick, was in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the statement said. Abad was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia. In addition, she was charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and throwing debris from a motor vehicle. Abad was released on a summons.


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Corey Johnson, 26 of Toms River, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia. Johnson was also charged with driving while suspended, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and obstruction of traffic. Johnson was released on a summons.

In the second incident, which occurred May 24 at 3:30 p.m., detectives from the SCU conducted an investigation on a suspicious vehicle at the Exxon station on Drum Point Road. During the investigation, the SCU recovered $759 in stolen merchandise from the Home Depot in Lakewood, heroin and paraphernalia Finelli said.

Joseph Roder, 27, of Brick, was charged with shoplifting, receiving stolen property, possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Roder was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Laryssa Rodrigues, 22, of Brick, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia. Rodrigues was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Neither Roder nor Rodrigues were listed as inmates at the Ocean County Jail on Wednesday.