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Tip Leads to Drug Bust in Toms River; Suspect Tried to Grab Cop's Gun

Ronald Worthy (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Ronald Worthy (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
A Seaside Heights man is behind bars, facing charges of drug distribution and trying to grab a Toms River police officer's gun while he was being placed under arrest.

A tip from residents about a male distributing drugs led police to the Rodeway Inn on Route 37 East at about 10 p.m. on May 5, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco. Officers with the department's Special Enforcement Team set up surveillance and saw the suspect, Ronald Worthy, also known as "Wise," get into a vehicle and drive away, after which they conducted a traffic stop following a traffic violation.

Upon further investigation, a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine was located on Worthy, Stocco said.

As officers were arresting him, however, Stocco said Worthy grabbed and attempted to gain control of an officer’s holstered weapon, but was ultimately placed under arrest after what Stocco called a "violent struggle."

Worthy, 46, of Fremont Avenue in Seaside Heights, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempt to physically disarm a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 

Bail was set at $150,000 cash.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Bragg, 49, of Snow Chief Court in Howell, was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. His vehicle was impounded and he was later released on a summons, Stocco said.
MJP May 14, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Great Job TRPD and thank you to the Tipster more people shoulddo the same start cleaning up the streets of the garabage that's out there.
Rem May 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Worthys Hardys all the STR crap have been in trouble as long as i can remember oops i mean they must be a victim of their environment. No bail.
McCorry May 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Right Rem it fits that these two family names of Worthy & Hardy have come up in a short period of time. These two families have been pointed out for criminal activity for the last 30 years. Often violent illegal acts.
fed up May 15, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Call the cops when you see them around. Up to no good in this area. It looks like people are doing it and it is paying off.
Juliana Brady May 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM
The way I see it whoever called in that tip did the town a favor. All it takes to do the right thing is to call 911. That's how most criminals are caught. The police can't be every where. Most criminals are really stupid and the cops love this kind of help from the community. It's a beautiful thing!

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