A officer responding to a call in Holly Oaks wound up charging a Union County man with multiple drug offenses after spotting his "suspicious" car on the way, police said.
Patrolman Peter Manco spotted the Nissan Altima driven by 25-year-old James R. Smith of Linden in the area of Holly Oaks Monday evening. When the officer questioned the man, he refused to cooperate and eventually his car was impounded, said Capt. Lisa Parker.
Police then obtained a search warrant and seized marijuana, packaging material, "multiple" ecstasy pills and $2,000 cash from the car, Parker said.
Smith was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of the drug with the intent to distribute within a recreational zone. Smith also faces charges for possession of ecstasy and possession of drug paraphernalia, Parker said.
Police took Smith to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River where he was held on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option. His car was seized pending forfeiture proceedings, Parker said.
The Ocean County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit and Manchester Police Department Detective Bureau assisted with the search warrant execution, Parker said.