A motor vehicle stop conducted by members of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team resulted in the seizure of a quantity of crystal methamphetamine.

The investigation began on Monday, January 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00pm after officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2007 Toyota Camry on Route 37 in the area of Northampton Boulevard. The vehicle was stopped for tailgating another vehicle while traveling on Route 37.  During the course of the stop, officers observed drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia associated with heroin use.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, 43 year old Angela Ruggiero of Woodstock Drive in Toms River was arrested. She was charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of hypodermic needles/syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.00 and she was later transported to Ocean County Jail. She was also issued motor vehicle summonses for following too closely and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

Also assisting in this investigation was Manchester Township Police K-9 handler Marc Micciulla and his partner Storm.