A motor vehicle stop conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of 569 bags of heroin, a quantity of US currency and a 2005 Nissan Altima.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at approximately 9:01 PM, members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan Altima for a motor vehicle violation. During the stop, which occurred on Route 547 in the eastern section of town, officers observed drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle. As a result, they immediately requested the assistance of the police department’s K-9 Unit. K-9 Storm and his handler, Ptl. Marc Micciulla, arrived on scene at which point Storm conducted a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. After indicating the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, a search was conducted, wherein a large quantity of heroin was found to be concealed in the trunk. Additionally, a quantity of heroin was found on the person of the passenger. The passenger, identified as 27 year old Joseph V. Jack of Keansburg, and the driver, identified as 37 year old Timothy B. McCann Jr. of Brick, were arrested at the scene.
Both subjects were taken to Manchester Police Headquarters where each was charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Jack was charged with two counts of hindering apprehension. Bail was set for both men at $50,000.00 and they were subsequently transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail. The vehicle used by the two men to transport the heroin was towed by police pending forfeiture proceedings.
Police learned that the heroin seized in this case was destined for resale in the Ocean County area. The estimated street value of the heroin seized in this case was $5,500.00. Also assisting with the investigation were members of the police department’s patrol bureau.