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Separate Incidents in Brick Lead to Multiple Drug Busts

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

The Brick Township police department’s Street Crimes Unit has continued its crackdown on drug activity throughout the township, recently charging several suspects with offenses following incidents that occurred in various locations.

In the first incident, which occurred Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6:20 p.m., Street Crimes Unit detectives “observed a drug sale transaction” in the parking lot of the Walgreens on Route 88, said Sgt. Jim Kelly.

According to police, Ashley Kamaris, 34, of Brick, approached a vehicle occupied by Louis Whittington and Shaquanda Calhoun, both 35, of Toms River, to allegedly buy cocaine. Kamaris was charged with loitering to obtain a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of CDS, possession of paraphernalia, being under the influence, and hindering apprehension.


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Whittington and Calhoun were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, distribution of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Kamaris was released on a summons. Whittington and Calhoun were lodged in Ocean County Jail.

In another incident, on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 10:40 a.m., officers had responded to the Quick Check on Route 70 in reference to “disorderly subjects who appeared to be under the influence of drugs,” Kelly said.

Street Crimes Unit Detectives responded to assist, and officers “observed a residue in the nostrils of both subjects,” Kelly said, who were identified as Joseph Karcich, 53, and Dina Karcich 55, both of Toms River. An investigation at the scene led to the discovery of heroin, Oxycontin pills, and amphetamine, according to police. Both Joseph and Dina Karcich were charged with possession of heroin, amphetamine, Oxycontin, drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. They were lodged in Ocean County Jail.

Finally, a landlord-tenant dispute on Aug. 19 led to charges being filed against one man during a 9 p.m. incident.

Officers were called to the dispute, which involved a potential theft of property, Kelly said. Street Crimes Unit detectives located the suspect’s vehicle and identified the driver as Christopher Sherrill, 45, of Brick.

“As officers approached him Sherril attempted to toss a glass pipe containing crystal methamphetamine and resisted officers’ attempts to place him under arrest,” Kelly said in the statement.

In addition to the pipe, Sherrill allegedly possessed four different types of pills and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with three counts of possession of a CDS, two counts of possession of a prescription legend drug, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, possession of paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and motor vehicle violations. He was processed and released on a summons.


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