A trio of men are facing numerous drug-related charges after Toms River police say they tried to pull over a vehicle, only to it flee with its occupants throwing bricks of heroin out the window.
The incident took place June 14, Toms River police said in a statement Friday. Initially, Officer Phil Bianco decided to pull the 2019 Jeep Cherokee over after he noticed it was speeding in the southbound lanes.
“The suspects continued at a high rate of speed while throwing bricks of heroin out the window … onto the highway, disregarding the red traffic signals,” police spokeswoman Jillian Messina said.
The driver eventually backed in to a driveway and the occupants fled on foot. Officers from Lavallette, Seaside Heights, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department assisted several Toms River officers in apprehending three suspects.
The suspects are identified as Ambiorix Ramirez, 19, of New Brunswick, Allen Pittman, 28 of South Plainfield, and Nasiyr Peters, 21, of Jamesburg.
Ramirez, the driver, was charged with eluding, obstruction, possession of illegal substances with intent to distribute, driving without a license, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, Failure to signal a lane change, failure to observe a red traffic signal, and improper passing on the right.
Pittman and Peters were both charged with obstruction and possession of illegal substances with intent to distribute.
Officers collected 16 bundles of suspect heroin, a cellophane bag containing suspected oxycontin, and an undisclosed amount of cash. An Ocean County Sheriff Department K-9 officer responded to check the area for additional drugs. The incident remains under investigation, additional charges are pending, Messina said.
“We’d like to thank all of the assisting agencies, as well as the many vigilant witnesses on scene,” Messina said in the statement.
A search of records showed Ramirez and Peters were lodged in the Ocean County Jail. There was no record of Pittman at the jail.