Brick police officers in the department’s Street Crimes Unit are continuing their battle against quality-of-life crimes in Brick, including capturing those suspected of selling or having illicit drugs in their vehicles. A war on crime, however, is not always glamorous, as officers found out with multiple instances of having to recover substances that were alleged to have been shoved down suspects’ pants.
The unit reported the following incidents over the past few weeks:
Jan. 10, 2022
SCU detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Hooper Avenue near Gloria Ann Smith Drive.
During the course of the investigation, the driver told officers she was in possession of heroin and pulled approximately 10 wax folds wrapped in a rubber band out from the front of her pants. The driver, Kimberly Sweet, 49, of Brick, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance inside a motor vehicle. Sweet was processed and released on a summons.
Jan. 11, 2022
SCU detectives reported they observed a motor vehicle violations and conducted a traffic stop in Yorktown Plaza. The driver, identified as Odeanne Lawes, 33, of New York, caused a scene by “yelling and failing to obey police commands,” police said in a statement.
Lawes was charged with obstruction and released on a summons.
Jan. 21, 2022
SCU detectives observed a vehicle on Route 88 and Chambers Bridge Road make “several motor vehicle violations,” the statement said. The detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop, and while approaching the vehicle, observed two occupants in the car “leaned over inspecting a plastic baggie in the center console area.” Detectives then observed the driver of the vehicle stuff the baggie down his pants, police said.
The driver, Keith Morse, 33, of Brick, was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of oxycodone, intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance inside a motor vehicle.
The passenger, Tyler Breece, 24, of Brick, was charged with loitering to obtain a controlled dangerous substance. Morse and Breece were processed and lodged in Ocean County Jail.