Two people were arrested recently on drug charges after they were allegedly spotted making a deal near the Route 9 Wawa in Lacey, police said.
Henry A. Racaniello IV, 48, of Cedar Lake Point in Forked River was charged with distribution of CDS and possession of CDS, and 47-year-old Kim Nulle of Mizzen Avenue in Beachwood was charged with possession of CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia,
On Feb. 12, at 10:39 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Noah Schaffer were assigned to a directed surveillance assignment in the parking lot of the Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River.
The officers were observing the area for possible drug activity when they saw a female walking across the rear parking lot of Wawa toward the wood line near the area of the Ocean County walking path, police said.
The female appeared to be looking for someone in the wooded area. Officers then saw a male emerge from the wood line onto the walking path. The female and the male met face-to-face and made a hand-to-hand transaction, police said.
Immediately after the transaction, the two separated and walked in opposite directions. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Racaniello an Nulle
Officers recovered a clear plastic Ziploc bag from Racaniello containing a large quantity of small blue opioid prescription pain pills, specifically 62 Oxycodone pills, as well as other pills including Alprazolam. The small blue pills are commonly referred to as "Blues" or "Roxies" on the street, police said.
Kim Nulle was found to be in possession of 20 round blue Oxycodone pills.
Both suspects were transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where they were processed and charged. Bail for Racaniello was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent option, and bail for Nulle was set at $10,000 with no 10 percent option.
Both subjects were transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Officers learned that Nulle had a 13-year-old juvenile in the vehicle use to drive to the location, so the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (aka - DYFS) was notified regarding the incident.