Four arrested in alleged drug deal in Manchester including couple who brought 5-year old girl
The investigation into multiple suspicious vehicles resulted in the arrest of four Manchester adults including a couple who brought their 5-year old daughter to the drug transaction on Wednesday evening.
Joseph Alex Jr., 67, Leander Harper, 38, Priest Taylor, 36, and Diane Carle, 36, all of the Summit Park section of Manchester were arrested by members of the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) after each person was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
On May 31 around 9:30 pm members of the NET observed suspicious activity in the Summit Park section of the Township between occupants of two separate vehicles.
A result of the investigation uncovered that both vehicles were stopped in separate areas in order to meet for a drug transaction.
The second vehicle stopped, and inside was Priest Taylor, Diane Carle and their 5-year-old daughter.
Taylor and Carle were arrested without incident and the 5-year-old was left in the care of a family member.
An official referral was made to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency for the child's safety.
Alex was charged with Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering for the Purpose to Buy/Sell Narcotics.
Taylor was charged with Distribution of Oxycodone, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Loitering for the Purpose to Buy/Sell Narcotics, Hindering Apprehension of Another, and Child Abuse/Neglect.
Carle was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Loitering for the Purpose to Buy/Sell Narcotics, Hindering Apprehension with False Information, Failure to Surrender Evidence, and Child Abuse/Neglect.
Harper was charged with Possession of Marijuana under Fifty Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Harper and Taylor were released on summonses, while Alex and Carle were transferred to Ocean County Jail due to outstanding warrants.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.
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