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Long Branch Drug Arrest May Be Largest In Last 20 Years

LONG BRANCH: On Aug. 24 the Long Branch Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, consisting of Detectives Joseph Spitale, Richard O'Brien and Nick Romano, conducted a motor vehicle stop in conjunction with an ongoing narcotics investigation.

A 43-year-old Patterson man was arrested and charged with possession of hero, possession of cocaine, distribution of heroin in the 3rd degree, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park, distribution within 500 feet of federal housing and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

His bail was set at $180,000 cash only by Judge Reisner.

Additionally, a search warrant was sought for his vehicle, a 2014 Kia Optima. It was granted, and on Aug. 26 his vehicle was searched. He was then additionally charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, distribution of heroin in the 1st degree, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a park, distribution within 500 feet of federal housing and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school

His bail for those charges was then set at $280,000, cash only, by Judge Oxley.
Total seizures from the arrest totaled 5,359 decks of heroin, worth more then $40,000 in street value. $753 in cash was also seized, along with the Kia Optima.
"The Street Crimes Unit, led by Lt. Jeff Grippaldi, is doing an outstanding job fighting against illegal narcotics in the City," Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said. "This seizure is the largest that I can remember here for the last 20 years. They are to be commended for this and their continuing work.

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