In a response to two recent shooting incidents in Brick, police have stepped up patrol efforts across town.

In the days following the shootings, police have targeted areas known for illegal criminal activity.

Brick Police Chief James Riccio has stepped up patrols and special enforcement in these areas and manpower has been added to the department’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Selective Enforcement Team (SET).

Brick Police Detectives joined forces with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office within the last week in a joint effort to target areas known for illegal activity.

They worked together to aggressively target these areas which included those frequented by the juveniles arrested in connection to last weeks shooting incident.

This cooperative effort lead to the arrest of nineteen individuals over a three day period.

The string of arrests, which took place between October 23 and October 26, involved charges of possession of controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, possession of paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, hindering apprehension, and outstanding warrants.

The drugs for which arrests were made included crack cocaine, heroin, MDMA/Ecstasy and marijuana.

“Our community was shaken by the senseless acts of violence which occurred last week. It’s important for our residents to know that we will always do everything we can to keep our community safe and our township peaceful,” Chief Riccio said. "Officers continue to monitor, patrol and investigate these areas with the unwavering objective to seek out and arrest those responsible for criminal activity."

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