Authorities have not released details of what exactly led them to the motel room in the first place. However, the arrest of the 43-year-old East Orange man was the culmination of a major investigation by several agencies, including the Andover Township Police Department, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force.
According to prosecutors, police officers arrived at the motel and knocked on the door to the suspect’s motel room. When the officers reportedly heard movement and the sound of a toilet flushing inside the room, they took action and entered the room.
Police said that the suspect was able to partially flush a large amount of heroin down the toilet before officers could get to him; however, he allegedly still possessed more than three bricks of heroin when he was arrested. According to authorities, the three bricks of heroin constituted roughly 154 bags.
After being placed under arrest, the suspect was charged with distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He also faces enhanced penalties for allegedly distributing heroin in a park zone.
The suspect was transported to the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in Newton, NJ. He is being at the facility on $100,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Man, Caught with ‘Bricks’ of Heroin, Tried Flushing Them When Police Arrived.”