Brick and Ocean County detectives from the prosecutor’s office’s Narcotics Strike Force stopped a vehicle on Lanes Mill Road with three occupants March 16, with the ensuing investigation leading to the arrest of all three occupants with multiple drug charges, the department announced Friday.
The March operation was among three incidents in which the Brick department’s Street Crimes Unit made arrests in recent weeks.
The driver on March 16, Apostolos Xinaropoulos, 34, of Brick, was charged with two counts of possession of a heroin and loitering to distribute or obtain a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Xinaropoulos was processed and released on a summons.
One of the passengers, Ronald Rule, 51, of Brick, was charged with two counts of possession of a heroin, intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, tampering with evidence, loitering to distribute or obtain a CDS, failure to make lawful disposition of a CDS and contempt of court. Rule was lodged in Ocean County Jail. The other passenger, Tair Jordan, 30, of Brick, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, loitering to distribute or obtain a CDS, and two counts of contempt of court. Jordan was lodged in Ocean County Jail.
On Thursday, March 24, SCU Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop on Beaverson Boulevard at about 7 p.m. in which the driver, identified as Anthony Hamilton, was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a CDS, DWI, obstruction of justice and multiple traffic violations. Hamilton was transported to Ocean County Jail for lodging on the pending criminal warrants.
“During transference to the jail he was found to be in possession of heroin and crack,” said Sgt. Jim Kelly, in the statement. “Additional charges were filed of possession of a heroin and crack, intent to distribute, and failure to make lawful disposition of a CDS.”
Finally, on Wednesday, March 30, at just after 10:30 p.m., SCU Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop in which both the driver and passenger were arrested for possession of MDMA, commonly known as Molly. The driver, Beloved Russell, 20, of Lakewood, was charged with possession of MDMA, possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle, and various traffic violations. The passenger, Jose Mercado Jr., 21, of Lakewood, was charged with possession of MDMA. Both subjects were released on summonses.
Photos of the suspects were not available.