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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.

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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