All the arrests resulted from work by the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Selective Enforcement Team in the area of the Wawa at 116 Brick Blvd., Brick Sgt. Jim Kelly said.
Eugene Samuels, 39, a convicted sex offender who lives in Toms River, was arrested Friday after police witnessed a drug transaction between him and Ashley Rose, 33, also of Toms River.
Samuels was charged with three counts of possession of a prescription legend drug, and three counts of possession with intent to distribute.
Rose also was arrested and was charged with three counts of possession of a prescription legend drug. Rose was arrested in 2017 in connection with a robbery of a New York man in an Atlantic City casino, where she and another man allegedly threatened the victim with a screwdriver.
Samuels and Rose are being held at the Ocean County Jail.
On Tuesday, there were three people arrested and two others received summonses. Three men were charged after police saw them selling perfume in the parking lot of the Wawa. When officers approached to find out if they had a solicitation permit, they found out one man had an active arrest warrant.
Andres Rodriguez, 26, of East Brunswick, was arrested on the warrant, and he and the other two men were issued summonses for soliciting without a permit, Kelly said. Rodriguez was processed and released on his own recognizance. The names of the other two men were not provided.
Police also arrested Shannon Kieffer, 33, of Toms River, after they saw her take merchandise from the Wawa without paying. Kieffer left the store and got into the back seat of a vehicle that left the store, and police pulled the vehicle over and arrested her on a shoplifting charge, Kelly said. Officers also found she had an unspecified drug and charged her with possession of a prescription legend drug.
While police were investigating Kieffer, their investigation discovered another person in the car, Tyler Bartholomew, 26, of Rhode Island Avenue in Brick, was in possession of a synthetic controlled dangerous substance, Kelly said. They arrested Bartholomew and discovered he also had a container of someone else’s urine. Bartholemew was charged with possession of a device to defraud the administration of a drug test, he said.
Kieffer and Bartholemew both remained in the Ocean County Jail as of Saturday.
In addition to Samuels and Rose, two other people were arrested Friday at the Wawa, Kelly said.
Police also arrested Renee Simonvich, 32, of Skyline Drive, after seeing her pull into the parking lot and go into the store, then leave with only a sample cup of coffee, Kelly said. K9 Officer Scott Smith saw Simonovich talking on her cell phone while driving and pulled her over. The investigation after the stop led to her being arrested on charges of possession of crack, heroin, paraphernalia, and possession of methadone with intent to distribute. She was processed and released on summonses, he said.
In the same area, police saw a man they were familiar with, Jason Feliciano, 32, of Manchester. Officers knew Feliciano’s driver’s license was suspended and that he had an active warrant for his arrest, Kelly said, and their investigation at the scene turned up prescription legend drugs in his vehicle. Feliciano was arrested, processed, and released on a summons.
On Saturday morning, two more people were arrested at the Wawa.
Patrolman Joseph DeLuca saw a man in the store take merchandise and leave the store without paying. Ronnie Ferrigno, 29, of Berkeley Township, was charged with shoplifting, processed and released on a summons, Kelly said.
Police also saw a man selling drugs, he said. Albert Pettit, 33, of Jackson, was arrested and charged with distribution and possession of a prescription legend drug, Kelly said. Police also found him with items that had been shoplifted from the store, and he was charged with shoplifting. Pettit is being held in the Ocean County Jail.
“Brick police are conducting similar tactics in several areas throughout our township,” Kelly said. “Chief James Riccio hopes to send a clear message to would-be wrongdoers that criminal activity here will be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly. The peace and well-being of our residents are our first priority.”
Riccio commended members of the the township’s drug enforcement unit, SET team and patrol division, “who have been doing an outstanding job following up on information of criminal activity about the township and making these apprehensions.”
Since the Oct. 22 shooting of a Brick Memorial High School student not far from the Briar Mills condominium complex, there have been 40 arrests as Brick police cracked down on issues to try to restore a sense of peace in the township.
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