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Four Charged After Motor Vehicle Stop Turns Up 1500 Bags of Heroin

Toms River Police, Ocean County Prosecutors arrest four men from Toms River

Four Toms River men were arrested Thursday at a motor vehicle stop that police said allegedly turned up more than 1,500 bags of heroin.

The arrest, near Route 37 and Main Street, was the result of an ongoing investigation, said Capt. Jack Sramaty of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Special Operations Group.

"This was a very well orchestrated investigation," Sramaty said. The motor vehicle stop was not as a result of a moving violation, he said, but was "a result of an ongoing investigation by the Special Operations Group."

 The four men in the vehicle, a 2007 Hyundai SUV, were each arrested and charged with drug offenses after police allegedly found more than 1,500 bags of heroin in the vehicle.

David Sullivan age 33 of Randolph Street, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin over one half ounce with intent to distribute. The Honorable Superior Court Judge Ronald Hoffman JSC set Sullivan’s bail at $15,000 no ten percent.

Jordan Laurenzo age 28 of Mermaid Avenue, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin over one half ounce with intent to distribute. Hoffman set Laurenzo’s bail at $15,000 no ten percent.

Michael Vassallo age 34 of Christian Court, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin over one half ounce with intent to distribute. Hoffman set Vasallo’s bail at $15,000 no ten percent.

Jason Vehock age 34 of  Oceanic Drive, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin over one half ounce with intent to distribute. The Hoffman set Vehock’s bail at $15,000 no ten percent.

Sramaty said the arrests were made without incident. The vehicle, which was registered to Vassallo, was also seized.

Members of the Toms River Police Department assisted in the investigation, the motor vehicle stop and arrests. "What was noteable again was the level of cooperation with local law enforcement," Sramaty said.

FyouJudgementalAholes August 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM
@jeff .. if one person doesn't supply theyll find another one that will.
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corrine lawler August 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I think and no that jordan and jay are both two men with goood intentions and great hearts. they made mistakes, you live and you learn. everyone should quit passing judgement. NO ONE is perfect! keep your head up boys!!! <3
Rick August 26, 2012 at 03:10 AM
So you and your friends were planning on doing 1500 bags of heroin?
Jim L August 26, 2012 at 06:03 AM
@1stcav why is it always something criminal when there are police in the area?? They were searching for a missing elderly party! Guessing you didn't see the fire trucks or ambulances right ?
Dark Angel August 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Maybe people should STOP helping the addict and only help and support these individuals during sobriety times. You can not help an addict. Only they can. But you can support recovery.
ATIS2012 August 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM
1500 bags between 4 people is about a 2 week supply estimating they have roughly a 20 bag a day habbit. and it's cheaper to buy bulk.
barbara August 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
so true dark angel.........
Mary todd August 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM
How about we stop and think what we should do about drug addiction. It is a disease just like cancer or diabetics. The insurance companies will only pay for 30 day treatment which is insane. They need year long programs to learn how to live drug free. My son had been in and out of 8 rehabs. The insurance company laid out over 100.000 dollars when in reality they could have saved half of that by doing it right in the first place. But that's besides the point. These guys need help and jail is not the answer....they are sick and the government needs to step up to the plate and help these poor souls. Just my opinion.
ushouldbeashamed August 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
To claim personal use can be away to avoid distribution charges. I dont know why the system isn't hip to that just yet! One would prefer sentencing to a rehab even if they dont use, over prison. I don't the people involved nor do I know if they are addicts or dealers, but we need to get these drugs off the streets! Pills, Heroin, Crack, it all kills!!!!
ushouldbeashamed August 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
1500 bags is alot of heroin to be doing. Your lucky to be alive.... most addicts arent investigated and watch thru police surveilance though, just sayin! Hopefully they catch your supplier! And I pray you get the help you need rather than put others lives in danger.
ushouldbeashamed August 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
its obsurd!!!!
Kelly August 27, 2012 at 03:58 AM
First things first, drug addiction is NOT like cancer. Drug addict is in MOST cases a CHOICE. Unless someone stuck that needle, forced you to sniff that coke, etc. then it was your choice to TRY an addicting drug. I do feel for the people, and more so the families affect by this drug epidemic going on. I truly hope that anyone using gets the help needed, but there is nothing the state or rehabs can do unless the addict wants the help. Educate your kids early on and hope for the best. It's a scary world out there.
Kelly August 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Sorry for some mistakes in my typing, I am on a phone but something I truly feel passionate about. I relate with both sides of the situation.
Mary todd August 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Kelly unless you understand addiction you cannot make that statement. It is a disease and please do some research and maybe you well understand.
Dark Angel August 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I do not claim to be an expert about addiction. But I do know relapse is also part of recovery. Mary I'm sorry for your situation. I hope you have support for yourself along with your son. You are in my prayers. I know this is a living nightmare for you. I hope that at times when he is not using drugs you allow yourself a little reprieve also.
ushouldbeashamed August 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Addiction is a disease, but to try a drug is a choice like she said..... and it isn't anything like cancer, so may I ask Mary Todd, which statement are you referrring too? Im not here to have correct grammar or punctuation either guys....
Mary todd August 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Reality is there is no one out there who has never tried alcohol or any kind of drug. Just happens that my son was given a script from at dr. And well he became addicted. Someone else wouldn't. You just never know
ushouldbeashamed August 27, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You just never know is right. Its a scary epidemic, that has only gotten worse...... my prayers go out to those suffering.
Fed up August 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
One of these pieces of crap lives with his mother next door to me. He doesn't work, has no respect for anyone. While his mom is at work, there are people in and out of the house all day, and at 2 and 3 in the morning. He has a child who I've seen left on his own for hours. He's out on bail and back in his mothers house. He's a real loser and I can't believe that his mother has taken him back in. He does nothing for her around the house. If she didn't take in the trash cans they would be out there forever. His dealing has been his lifestyle for years, and it will continue. I hope he goes to prison. Take these losers off the streets and maybe some lives will be saved.
facez13 August 29, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Notice to All: The epidemic you speak of affects thw entire country, not solely theory enclave of Toms River. What came 1st the chicken or the egg ... the urge or the addict ... the addict or the dealer? What does it matter? It is an on-going cycle of insanity. Each cycle a link in the chain with its own story. Each lintertwines ... each may unknowingly (or not), be a particularly of your own life. It is not so cut & dry. We are all more touched than we believe (or possibly choose to. That's human nature
facez13 August 29, 2012 at 06:23 AM
And before anyone corrects my grammar, the typo-o's are due to.the auto-anticipated coice the program THINKS not necessarily what was meant to be said. Besides ... who types perfectly on a phone anyway & who cares? I sn't it about what U are trying to say?
facez13 August 29, 2012 at 06:31 AM
And before anyone corrects my grammar, the typo-o's are due to the auto-anticipated choice the program THINKS not necessarily what was meant to be said. Besides ... who types perfectly on a phone anyway & who care ? Isn't it about what U are trying to say?
TR Girl September 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
LISTEN.. I'm sadly related to ones of these idiots and I can tell u for a fact that he has put his family thru mental and financial strain trying to help him.. 60K in rehab only to come out and do it again.. And yes he has a child who will suffer, again. Enough is enough. 15K is pathetic.. Get them off the streets already. U wanna push in our community, go be someone's Bi&@$ in our jail.....
So Much to Say September 05, 2012 at 03:16 AM
One of those POS that is now hanging out selling crap 2 doors down from me. The arrest was just a speed bump because they are back in business again. I call the police and they arrive when they get arround to it. Always by that time the drug deal is over and all have driven away. Then of course the police treat me like I'm annoying them for reporting the deal. The TR police are terribly overpaid primadonna's and the chief is a joke.
kelly marie September 09, 2012 at 05:50 PM
People mess up all the time this is a recovering herion addicted who was n prison for 6 years used from 15 until 21 is it right they were selling drugs no absolutely not but guess what nobody held a gun to the buyers head and said buy this or youll die if the buyer didnt get it from them guess what they wouldve took a drive to the streets of newark, nine out of ten people sell to support there habit not making it okay or right But prison truly saved my life and through the grace of that ive saved others ( kids who started on that path) people who are using drugs already feel low so yes society beat them down more lets prosecute them what a joke people change and sometimes.need that eye opener trust the citizens wanted me off the streets, if it wasnt them getting caught it wouldve been someone else .... Everyone is getting mad at the people but its the addiction that needs to be addressed there not bad people theyve done bad things i know a few of these guys and went to school with them unfortunately they got caught up and hopefully will pay the price learn and never go back.......this is coming from someone who lived that path with 9 years clean, great job, graduated school, and live and work for a living and nobody thought i could....if it were up to the community my head wouldve been slayed long ago...
DIANE January 08, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Couldn't agree more...they need help
mike vassallo April 09, 2013 at 04:20 PM
My name is mike vassallo and I'm one of the guys that got in trouble my only mistake that day was decinding to give those guys a ride to go get stuff in exchange for a few bags because I was dopesick that day. There were no cops watching me because I wasn't dealing none of that herion was even mine n I got the same charges n got my car taken lost my job n my family all because I'm an addict n I was sixk that day I don't deserve jail! I'm in rehab now been here for over 4 months I would have mever done anuthing like that if I was sober screwed over n u guys better admit the truth n tell prosecuter none of that stuff was mine please guys tell thetruth n man up thankas mike
Ken f. Mendez April 16, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Look what happed in Boston stop wasting money on bull shit and start looking for real crazy people what a waste of time and money who cares if people want to party we have real shit that the cops and the law should be doing.
tracey johnson May 02, 2013 at 07:49 PM
It was not a mistake...It was a deliberate act of choosing to go get some drugs... I hear all of you say "They are sick and an addict and need help BUT as a mother of an addict It will never end. You are 100% correct they need help but they choose to need help.... They also choose to get help and as soon as they are free from the trouble at hand they go back...An addict can go threw rehab after rehab if they dont want to stop they won't..... Dealers start the ball rolling and the addicts keep it rolling...Murders are mentally ill so with the following opinions here you are stating they should be free and just get help bc they are essentially same as an addict (mentally ill at this time)...Mentality of our country is in the toliet...My question is if the county or government can find a person didnt get a permit to do some renovations or person doesnt pay their taxes the government can find you and in record time then why cant the government find the drugs coming in??? BC they are all in on the gravy train...Fix the corrupt police,border controllers and most of all Lawyers and court system then maybe something MIGHT change...


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