Lacey police have charged six local residents with numerous drug offenses after following a vehicle from a suspected house where drugs were being dealt to the Lacey branch of the Ocean County Library.
The arrests have been made over the course of the past week, though the incident which sparked the investigation occurred Oct. 3, when Lacey detectives witnessed a vehicle departing from the house at 311 Nautilus
Boulevard in Forked River, where they say drug dealing activity was suspected.
The vehicle, police said in a statement, was observed dropping off a male passenger at the Lacey
Branch of the Ocean County Library – then, after meeting with a second male,
the passenger entered the bathroom of the library.
led to the arrest of 19-year-old Michael Capone of Forked River, who police say was found in possession of heroin and was suspected of
injecting the drug while in the library bathroom.
During Capone's arrest, detectives located paraphernalia "consistent with the
use of heroin," the statement said.
Other detectives conducted a traffic stop of the suspect
vehicle which led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Alexandria
Walker, of Forked River.
Walker was found in possession of
heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said, and ultimately charged
with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, and possession of a
Capone was charged with possession of heroin
and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
Another man, Joseph Ferenc, was charged with
possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Ocean County Jail
after being unable to post $750 bail on an outstanding warrant.
More arrests came Wednesday, Oct. 9, police said, when detectives observed what they say was a "suspicious
transaction" between a pedestrian and a vehicle in the Burger King
parking lot at the Lacey Mall.
The passenger of the vehicle, 23-year-old
Ralph Monaco, was identified as a resident of 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River, the home where the previous week's alleged drug deal originated.
As detectives approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old John Clifton of Forked River, attempted to conceal cash, the statement said.
pedestrian, identified as 25-year-old Devin Demichele of the Whiting section of Manchester, had heroin and a
hypodermic syringe in his possession which led to his arrest, police said.
A search by officers yielded an additional quantity of heroin and drug paraphernalia along
with nearly $2,000 cash, police said.
Clifton and Monaco were both
charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, and
possession of a hypodermic syringe. Both were lodged in the
Ocean County Jail in default of $20,000 bail.
Demichele was being lodged at the jail after bail was set at $10,000, in addition to an outstanding
$2,500 warrant issued by the Tabernacle Municipal Court, police said.
passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Fred Vona of Forked River, was also
arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.