“Rolling meth lab” grinds to halt in Manchester
MANCHESTER - Police slam the brakes on what they describe as a "rolling methamphetamine lab," and three suspects face a battery of drug-related charges following a Monday afternoon search of the vehicle.
Demetrius Kiprakis, 30, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, and Bryan Sahlin, 29, of Middlesex Street in the township, are charged with a first-degree count of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes.
Kiprakis also faces a charge of possession of stolen property. Both were placed in the Ocean County Jail, in Toms River, with bail set at $410,000 each.
Roseanna Fox, 57, of Toms River, is charged with possession with intent to distribure methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution-manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. She was jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail.
Officers who responded to a report of a suspicious-looking white van in a patch of woods near Larchmont Street in Pine Lake Park found it at about 3:38 PM, a short distance away on Middlesex Street, police said. A check of the license plates returned information that they had been reported stolen in Berkeley County, South Carolina.
Police said that investigators found items in the van consistent with the production of crystal meth, considered so addictive that it leaves the user no choice but to keep taking it or face ravaging withdrawal symptoms.
The potential volatility of the ingredients prompted removal of them from the van, evacuation of a nearby house, a five-hour closure of Middlesex Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and a call for assistance to the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Response Unit, Berkeley Township PD HazMat squad, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Arson Unit.
The Manchester PD Investigations Bureau and Enforcement Team, Ocean County Prosecutor's Special Operations Group and the County Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigations Unit assisted, along with staffers of the Ridgeway and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments and Quality Medical Transport.
Suspicious activity in Manchester can be reported confidentially and anonymously to the Department web site's Tip Link, or to 732-657-6111