BRICK – A Point Pleasant man was busted after Brick Township police seized hundreds of vaping cartridges laced with THC and more than $127,000 in cash, authorities said.
Police say they effectively shut down a THC vaping cartridge manufacturing and drug distribution operation in the township.
The bust happened on Wednesday night when police witnessed suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Walmart on Route 88.
Thomas Ryan, 60, of Brick, and Kyle S. Jakubowski, 22, of Point Pleasant were seen exchanging a package in the parking lot and then going their separate ways. Police followed Ryan as he left the area, and other officers kept watch on Jakubowski, police said.
The investigation, which included assistance from an Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, led to the search of Jakubowski’s vehicle, and a search warrant for Ryan’s home.
The searches turned up:
- 627 THC vape cartridges
- 4 pounds of marijuana
- 9 pounds of THC candy
- 14 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms
- More than $127,000 in cash
Ryan’s vehicle and a storage unit were seized as well, police said. A day later, search warrants executed on the car and the storage unit, which belonged to both Ryan and Jakubowski, led to the seizure of
- Hundreds of THC vape cartridges
- An additional (approximate) pound of marijuana
- Manufacturing and packaging material related to the THC cartridges
- Suspected Methamphetamines
- Suspected MDMA (Ecstasy)
Ryan was charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and manufacturing/dispensing of CDS. He also was charged with the first-degree crime of maintaining/operating a CDS production facility and possessing property derived from criminal activity.
Jakubowski initially was charged with possession of CDS, manufacturing/distributing CDS and possession of paraphernalia and released on a summons, but the discovery of the additional cartridges and drugs led to additional counts of possession of a CDS and manufacturing/distributing of CDS.
Both men were being held at the Ocean County Jail awaiting detention hearings.
Police Chief James Riccio merged the township’s Drug Enforcement Unit and the Selective Enforcement Team and created the Street Crimes Unit that made the bust, Sgt. Jim Kelly said.
The new unit is under the direction of Detective Capt. David Forrester of the Investigative Division and has been focused on making arrests on everything from vehicle burglaries to drug offenses.
This week, the unit made one of its biggest busts to date, Kelly said.
With reporting by Karen Wall