Police find drugs during vehicle stop


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MANALAPAN — A resident of Jamesburg was charged with possession of drugs following a motor vehicle stop by a Manalapan police officer on Feb. 9.

Police said that at 11:45 a.m., Patrolman Bryan Belardo conducted a motor vehicle stop on Mounts Mills Road in neighboring Monroe Township following a motor vehicle violation that occurred in Manalapan jurisdiction.

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During the stop, the driver, Cesar Ortiz, 19, of Jamesburg, was found to be in possession of 100 glassine bags containing controlled dangerous substances believed to be heroin and marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Ortiz was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana less than 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain lane, possession of controlled dangerous substances in a motor vehicle, failure to have insurance and failure to possess an insurance card.

In other incidents reported by police:

• On Feb. 10 at 7:50 p.m., Patrolman Adam Sosnowski stopped a vehicle on Main Street. Police said the stop was initiated by the officer because the vehicle had multiple equipment violations. During the stop the driver, Joshua Gibbs, 18, of Hamilton Township, was found to be in possession of one clonazepam pill. Gibbs was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, specifically one clonazepam pill. Gibbs was also issued summonses for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield and failure to produce a driver’s license.

• On Feb. 9 at 3:46 p.m., Patrolman Philip Accatatta was dispatched to the lobby of police headquarters in regard to a stolen package from a resident’s mailbox. A Manalapan resident told the officer she attempted to ship two cellular devices in November 2015 and those devices were stolen from her mailbox. The devices were valued at $1,104. No description of any suspects was obtained.

• On Feb. 8 at 2:23 p.m., a Manalapan resident reported vandalism to her motor vehicle. She said the vandalism occurred while the vehicle was parked in the common area of her residential development on Chatsworth Road, off Millhurst Road. The woman said unknown individuals put two nails in her vehicle’s tire sometime between Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. The damage exceeded $250. The woman told police this was the fifth act of vandalism against her vehicle in the last year.

• A resident of Jackson has been charged in connection with a burglary that occurred on Feb. 1 at a home on Willow Grove Way. Following an investigation, Savonte Parker, 27, was arrested on Feb. 1 and charged with burglary and criminal trespass, according to police. A follow-up investigation was conducted by Detective Jared Aronson and Parker was subsequently charged with theft. The value of the jewelry that had been removed from the home was $2,200. The jewelry was recovered at a business in Manalapan that buys gold. Police said an investigation determined Parker had allegedly been removing jewelry unbeknownst to the resident.

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