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Brick Street Crimes Cops Nab Suspects on Drug, Lewdness Charges

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

Brick police officers in the elite Street Crimes Unit have continued a season-long campaign of quality-of-life enforcement, arresting and charging five people with offenses over the past two weeks, the department announced Monday.

The arrests, as described, include:

Aug. 16, approx. 3 p.m.: The SCU’s investigation into a residence on Cottonwood Drive in Brick resulted in the arrest of Joseph Reavis, 26, of Manchester.

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With assistance from K9 Officer Scott Smith and his partner K9 Echo, Reavis was found by officers to allegedly possess approximately 170 wax folds of heroin packaged for resale and an undisclosed amount of currency in his vehicle. The vehicle was seized and forfeiture proceedings are pending.

Reavis was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), three counts of possession of CDS, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, and possession of paraphernalia. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Three days later, on Thursday, Aug. 19, the SCU, continuing in their investigation regarding the Cottonwood Drive residence, arrested Ryan Bannon, 39, of Brick, and Katherine Smith, 33, of Brick. Bannon was charged with two counts of distribution of a CDS, four counts of possession of CDS, simple possession of CDS and possession of paraphernalia.

Smith was charged with two counts of distribution of CDS, two counts of conspiracy to commit possession of CDS, two counts of possession of CDS, two counts of possession of prescription legend Drugs, possession of paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes.

Both Bannon and Smith were lodged in Ocean County Jail.

On Friday, Aug. 20, at 10:18 p.m., SCU detectives gained information that a wanted person, Kevin Kries, 22, of Brick, was at his mother’s residence on Silverton Road. With the assistance of Ocean County Sheriff’s Officers, SCU detectives attempted to serve the arrest warrant, but Kries fled out the back door. Kries was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest. In addition to the outstanding warrant, Kries was charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction, and resisting arrest. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail.

His mother, Christina Torres, 49, of Brick, was also placed under arrest at the scene for hindering apprehension and bbstruction. Torres was released on a summons.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 3:15 p.m., an SCU detective observed a man later identified as James Belcher. 74, of Neptune, allegedly masturbating in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Pleasure Zone adult shop on Chambers Bridge Road. Belcher was issued a summons for charging him with lewdness and released on scene.