Route 571 Car Stop Nets $1,400 Worth Of Cocaine

Manchester Township Police Car (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – Four people were arrested last Friday morning, October 6, after they were found driving around with 27.4 grams of cocaine.

Members of Manchester Police’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (N.E.T.) received complaints about drug activity in the area of Surf & Steam Campground on Route 571 and stopped a Nissan Altima after conducting surveillance in the area where the drug activity was reported.

During the car stop near Ridgeway Blvd., officers saw drug paraphernalia, a container of what looked like urine, and cocaine with a street value of about $1,400.

The car was filled with people from all over Ocean County. The driver was 36-year-old Nicholas Jandik of Manahawkin, but passengers included 29-year-old Lindsey Stecz of Bayville, 29-year-old Tiffany Dannecker of Brick and 32-year-old Silvano Francis of Toms River.

The individuals were charged with multiple drug offenses, including Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Defrauding a Drug Test. Francis also had an outstanding $350 warrant out of Point Pleasant Borough, which he posted bail for. The other three were released on criminal summonses.

The Nissan Altima that Jandik drove was seized during the investigation and is pending forfeiture. Also assisting in the investigation were members of the Manchester Police Department’s Patrol Bureau and K9 Unit.

Manchester residents can report drug tips to the Manchester Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via manchesterpolicenj.com.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.