River police seized 30 bricks of heroin – 1,508 wax folds in all – after
officers from the department's Special Enforcement Team conducted
surveillance on a drug deal in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson
hotel on Hooper Avenue earlier this week.
After noticing the
narcotics transaction in the parking lot at about 5 p.m. Monday, police
spokesman Ralph Stocco said, officers developed information on a black
Chebrolet Suburban that they suspected was involved in drug trafficking
The vehicle, being operated by Jeffrey Winiavski, 36,
of Pine Beach, left the area and mobile surveillance was initiated by
officers, Stocco said.
After police observed "numerous motor
vehicle violations," they conducted a stop and investigated, ultimately
leading them to find to the 30 bricks of heroin inside the vehicle, said
Winiavski was placed under arrest without incident and
was charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with the
intent to distribute over one half ounce.
Winiavski's bail was set at $75,000 cash and he remains at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.