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Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of More Than 250 Bags of Heroin

Toms River man and Point Pleasant man both charged

A routine traffic stop Saturday night resulted in the recovery of 251 bags of heroin and drug charges for two Ocean County men, according to police.

Officer Iain James stopped a 2007 Honda on Route 70 in the borough at about 11:56 p.m. after the driver failed to stay in his lane. When James approached the car, "he observed in plain view a bundle of heroin (10 bags) on the passenger side floor of the vehicle," said Lakehurst Chief of Police Eric Higgins in a statement. 

After further investigation at the scene, police allege that the driver, Brian McCauley, 37, of Toms River, was in possession of 175 bags of heroin. The passenger, Nicholas Girgenti, 30, with a last know address in Point Pleasant, allegedly had 76 bags of heroin, Higgins said. 

Girgenti was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and failure to wear a seatbelt. 

McCauley faces the same charges, in addition to possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and failure to maintain lane offenses, according to Higgins. 

Both men were taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, where bail for each was set at $150,000 with no 10 percent option by Judge Damian Murray. The Honda was seized for forfeiture proceedings, Higgins said. 

1stcav July 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
These are THE man selling drugs to your kids, lock 'em up and THIS time keep them locked up..Oh yea CC , try and handle this crew with YOUR kid glove approach to drugs that they just should be in a half way house and NOT jail !!!!!! Book'em Danno.
A-Ball July 05, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Squad car looks sweet all washed up for the file pic
Common Sense in Silverton July 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
So... they really just had the heroin sitting out in plain sight? "Hey, we're being pulled over. Should we hide the heroin??" "Nah, be cool man, be cool. I got this."
Pati July 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
That's funny Common Sense in Silverton haha
Ireland21 July 05, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I was just thinking the same damn thing! LOL
Shelly July 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Just goes to show you that drug dealers don't have a brain!
. July 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
They didn't know it was there. Must belong to someone else!
E M C July 05, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Yeah, you'd think that if you were gonna be driving around with 200 bags of heroine that you'd atleast fasten your seatbelt, no? Unbelievable. Good job coppas.
jeff July 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
A nice swift execution would be good.
Concerned Citizen77 July 06, 2012 at 04:56 AM
No traffic stop is routine. As soon as you begin to treat it like that you get killed.
Jeff July 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM
i guess maybe they thought as i think every time I drive through Lakehurst, why a police force here, their dummier than a bag of rocks....
sam July 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
girgenti lives on yellowbank .. bad news
CraziGirl July 08, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Ha! Good job boys for frying up what's left of your brain cells.
Stevie Theberge July 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
more young lives saved! keep up the good work trpd :)
Nicolas Anthony Girgenti November 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
fuck all you and your judgemental harsh comments, nasty fuckin people, you's don't know anything about me, THE PERSON, just all acting like judge jury and executioners,, yea guess who this is,,

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