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Authorities Arrest Four In Child Porn Sweep

Five Arrested in Lacey Heroin Dealing Bust

One suspect also wanted on $70K in warrants

Noelle Hurley (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Noelle Hurley (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Lacey police arrested five people after receiving a tip that drug dealing was happening at a township home on Wednesday, police said.

While on patrol in the Pheasant Run section, Officer Michael Verwey received information from a resident that possible drug activity may have been taking place at a Brookdale Drive home in Forked River, said Chief David Paprota, in a statement.

It was reported that a person was seen at a side window of the residence, Paprota said.

While responding to the residence, Verwey stopped a vehicle leaving the suspect home. The driver, identified as 22-year-old Branden Barranger of Old Orchard Road in Toms River, was arrested for possession of a bundle – 10 wax folds – of heroin.

The investigation continued with officers responding to the Brookdale Drive residence, said Paprota, where police seized another 129 wax folds of heroin.

Arrested were Wessley Krempel, 24, of Beachwood; Michael Krempel, 23, of South Toms River; Noelle Hurley, 24, of Waretown; and Ariela Ceko, 18, of Bayville.

Ceko and Michael Krempel were charged with possession of heroin and released on summonses.

Noelle Hurley was charged with possession of heroin and turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff's Department for over $70,000 in outstanding warrants.

Wessley Krempel was charged with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin, possession of Schedule III prescription pills, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Wessley Krempel was transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of $150,000 cash bail, Paprota said.
The Captain December 12, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Good job once again Lacey PD! Keep locking these people up and taking them off the streets. This horrible epidemic needs to be eliminated from LACEY and these arrests every week are a good start!
JAKE2 December 12, 2013 at 07:30 AM
So happy to hear !
LaceyLady December 12, 2013 at 08:20 AM
What were these lowlifes doing living in Pheasant Run? That place is supposed to be for senior citizens...they should not have to deal with scum like this living amongst them! Good job LTPD!!
Melissa Gregg December 12, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Awesome!!! Now hit my street please Lacey PD. Sad when my 10 year old has figured out people are selling drugs in front of my house because she sees it with her own eyes. Oh and yes... I have called everybody under the sun and reported it to whomever will listen for two seconds before they tell me they will look into it and hang up on me.
LaceyLady December 12, 2013 at 08:27 AM
@Melissa - You should post their address on here, then maybe something will get done about it!
grace December 12, 2013 at 08:40 AM
now please find out where the people living in that house are getting this stuff. does gma have a prescription and they selling hers..just wondering.. god no wonder regular people who need something for pain are being treated like drug dealers...ugh
grace December 12, 2013 at 08:41 AM
@melissa start with the name of the street then the color of the house you dont have to give out exact address if you are afraid to
JAKE2 December 12, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Just need to keep getting these dealers off the street !!!
WhyohWhy December 12, 2013 at 09:07 AM
grace... you need to READ the article !!! They didn't find pills it was little packets of Heroin ! smh... Hah!!! to all the people who complain about nosey senior neighbors !!! ;)
Janet Johnson December 12, 2013 at 09:47 AM
WhyohWhy if you look at the bottom of the article is specifies that the guy was charged with "possession of Schedule III prescription pills"
Chris L December 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM
whos house was it? why arent they charged?
Gustavo@Los Pollos Hermanos inc . December 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
@ Janet jhonson possession is key word next to pills not distrubution so why oh why s rebuttale holds water.
grace December 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM
@why o why i just reread it and krempel had pills sorry if i thought he might have gotten them there at the" drive thru" window also...
tr December 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Who are these landlords who rent to these folks??? Obviously, they do not do background checks and do not care about the neighborhood or the safety of the their neighbors. These events LOWER HOME VALUES! Time for neighbors to fight back. It is in YOUR back yards. Call code enforcement for every violation seen or perceived until the landlord goes away with his drug dealing tenants.
Original Lacey December 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Now is the time for the Lacey Township mayor and committee members to find the money that they claim does not exist to hire the police staff needed. It is impossible to drive down the crime that is being committed in the Township with the number of police officers on staff at this time. Lacey police barely have enough police staff to handle call of service calls alone. Factor in the need to conduct follow-up investigations on crimes that have been committed and being proactive in areas such as narcotic type investigations. The amount of staff available to do any type of follow-up work on criminal activity is below the standard needed to keep this community somewhat safe. Another focal point that is never addressed is the fact that we have a nuclear facility in our Township. We could not hire enough police staff to protect it appropriately. At the least provide extra staff to do something with regard to protection of the nuclear facility. If you take a real good look at the place Lacey Township is in at this time it is not good. Just to know that people are conducting drug sales and buys out of windows in The Pheasant Run community shows how bad it really is. Chief Paprota and his police staff are doing an excellent job. Could you imagine if the Chief had the appropriate level of staff to protect Lacey Township the way it should be protected. If changes are not made soon we can guarantee that our town will be among the ranks of undesirable locations to live.
Rebecca Merson December 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM
@ whyohwhy- you need to read the article again it DOES say "possession of Schedule III prescription pills" ppl don't like to read things these day do they?
proud December 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
The Department of Homeland Security in connection with Exelon handle the protection of the Nuke Plant.
Dina Carr Vargo December 12, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Melissa, good luck! I had a drug house operating next door for FIVE years! FIVE years, and not a thing was done! Multiple arrests made there. The resident was on probation for federal drug, pedophile charges and still nothing happened! Cars coming and going all hours of the day and night. Drug addicts knocking on my door at 1 am because they were too high to remember which house they were trying to get to. And, I live on Beach Blvd! So obvious what was happening there. Like I said good luck! I lived with it, so I feel your pain!
Melissa Gregg December 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM
@Dina... yes... exactly what I am dealing with on Lee Way! I have talked to everyone up to the county drug enforcement level so hopefully they will do something soon, although I am not counting on it. Same situation, on going, these people have been in and out of jail too.
Jessica Crudup December 12, 2013 at 04:42 PM
It's kinda said that no one seems to realize these people your putting down are someone's family, son, daughter, brother or sister... AND THEY HAVE A PROBLEM!! What if this was your family??? They need help, it is not an easy disease, maybe instead of running your mouth you can get off your damn "ASS" and help open places for these people to go get help!!! I was lucky and my insurance sent me to Florida since Jersey has horrible treatment facilities>> Trust me not one addict wants or meant to be in there shoes....
Gustavo@Los Pollos Hermanos inc . December 12, 2013 at 05:20 PM
@ Jessica then they should keep their addiction to themselves and not spread 139 wax foldies of HEROIN around .this only goes with the territory and life the chose to lead .you push this much dope in a small town where everyone knows everyone and people will criticize . Maybe they should have considered the backlash before the had all those bundles up for sale .
grace December 12, 2013 at 05:53 PM
wow @ dina thats horrible.. i suggest a sign with an arrow pointing at the house maybe they, police/drug users will get the hint
grace December 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM
u are so right @ crudup florida seems to be the place to go,,and thats sad.. lets hope mr coronato who has said we need more treatment facilities will work on that..perhaps you can give him suggestions as to why we have to leave nj and what has worked in flo
Chris Moritz December 13, 2013 at 02:37 AM
COULD YOU LEAVE TH POTHEADS ALONE?
WhyohWhy December 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM
My bad Rebecca Merson . You're right. Majority was Heroin !
Frank J P Simmons December 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
its gonna be great when they rat out a bunch more and they get busted too,,,they always have and always will
Frank J P Simmons December 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM
due to the general circumstances of who i am and who i choose to associate with,,i have known about 1000 EX Junkies,,,That CHOSE To Get Clean,,,most didnt go to rehabs or use other drugs to get off drugs,,,they worked at it and suceeded because the wanted to,and were willing to be uncomfortable short term,,same as usings a choice
Nicholas Cage the II December 20, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Nick Picone sells Heroin ! Get em
BrRrRrap December 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I bet Cannito and his mother are still sharing needles!
your kidding me January 06, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Great job to Lacey Police!!! But why are these people being charged and then let go a few hours later? They just go and find more drugs after robbing someones house or car. Lock them up for a few days and don't make deals with them unless they give who they got the drugs from where they got them from.

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