Toms River police arrested a man they say had 170 bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia at a township motel Sunday afternoon.
Police were called to the Ramada Inn located at the intersection of Route 70 and Route 9 at about 1:53 p.m. by hotel staff after they attempted to evict Anthony J. Levine, 23, of Lakewood, for being under the influence and causing a disturbance, police spokesman Ralph Stocco said.
Hotel staff also told police that Levine threatened to assault employees.
Upon arrival, officers observed Levine to be under the influence of an unknown substance, Stocco said, and an investigation revealed that he had several wax folds of heroin in his pants pockets.
Levine was placed under arrest and a further search resulted in the seizure of 170 wax folds of heroin, 11 hypodermic needles, and three glass pipes commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics, said Stocco.
In addition to the possession of drugs and paraphernalia, Levine was in possession of $47,228 in United States currency that was seized pending a potential forfeiture hearing before a judge, said Stocco.
Levine was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possess of hypodermic needles, and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.