Forked River Male Arrested for Alleged Connection to Teen Heroin Overdose

DWI and shoplifting arrests

Police along with Lacey EMS medics responded to a call on Alpine Street in Forked River on a report of a 16-year-old female who was unconscious due to an apparent heroin overdose, police said.

The female was treated when police arrived at the scene at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. She was taken to Community Medical Center.

Investigation led to Michael Cannito, 19, of Forked River being charged with drug related offenses. Cannito was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 2 on the strength of a $25,000 warrant.

Cannito was charged with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic needles and prescription legend drugs. He was taken to Ocean County Jail where he was unable to post bail.

Charges are pending against the 16-year-old for use and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The Lacey Township Police Department worked in conjunction with concerned citizens, leading to the arrest of Cannito, Lt. James Veltri said.

Cannito was indicted in June for the Five bottles of alcohol, each valued at $100, were stolen from the store and more than $500 in damage was done to the store

Veltri provided the following information:

Feb. 6
Trevor Conroy, 31, of Forked River was arrested for DWI after officers were dispatched at 5 a.m. to the intersection of Route 9 and Laurel Boulevard where he was found sleeping at the wheel of a running vehicle.

Feb. 5
Jeffery Rodgers, 57, of Barnegat was driving and stopped at 1 a.m. for failure to maintain lane. Rodgers was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test and reckless driving.

Feb. 5
Police were dispatched to Walmart for a shoplifter at 2:30 p.m. Mahmut Ilham, 45, of Whiting was arrested for allegedly stealing $3.92 worth of ChapSticks. He was processed and released.

Feb. 4
A motor vehicle was stopped because it did not have a front license plate. Erik Tobin, 29, of Brick was arrested after it was discovered that he had a $5,000 outstanding warrant by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear in court. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of his bail.

Feb. 3
Zachary Strain, 20, of Bayville was arrested at midnight for numerous offenses. Police responded to a report of numerous vehicles in the area of Lacey Material. While they were at the scene, Strain’s vehicle was observed.

Strain was charged with DWI, underage DWI, open container, reckless driving and a Lacey Township ordinance violation for trespassing on private property. He was processed and released.

Feb. 3
A resident on Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported that $450 worth of property including a cell phone and assorted tools were stolen. There was no forced entry.

Feb. 2
Christopher Alvarez, 30, of Bayville was arrested after his vehicle was stopped for failure to maintain lane at 11:30 p.m. Investigation led to Alvarez being charged with DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, cell phone use and failure to report change of address. He was processed and released.

Feb. 1
A resident of Riviera Drive in Forked River reported that an unsecured Mongoose bike was stolen from the driveway. The bike was valued at $120.

Feb. 1
Police responded to Walmart for an alleged shoplifter in custody. Tyre Zimmerman, 30, of Toms River was detained by store security for allegedly concealing merchandise on himself. The value of the products, which were recovered, was $76.43.

Feb. 1
A resident of Parkside Drive in Forked River reported over $2,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the home. There was no forced entry.

Feb. 1
A resident of Serpentine Drive in Forked River reported that an Eastern Ramrod valued at $650 was stolen from outside the home.

Feb. 1
Joseph Brown, 23, of Forked River was arrested after police made a motor vehicle stop for not maintaining lamplights. Brown had two outstanding warrants—one from Long Beach Township for $350 and another from Lacey Township for $500. He was taken to Ocean County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

Jan. 31
Lisa Concannon, 26, was arrested at the Lacey Inn on two warrants—one out of Atlantic City for $125 and the other from Lacey for $300. She was sent to Ocean County Jail after she couldn’t post bail.

Joe February 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
You know, people can say what they want about Mike, but he's sitting in jail right now because he chose to save that girls life. Some people would have continued to try and bring her back to life by themselves because they're scared of going to jail. So good job Mike, she owes her life to you. Someone I know just died because the person he was with didn't call 911 quick enough because they were scared and didn't want to get in trouble. So he's not that much of a scum bag, she has a chance to get the help she needs because of him.
charlotte February 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Good point Joe. I hope they both get the help that they need.
Joe February 09, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Oh, and the messed up part is..The person who didn't call the cops, didn't get in any trouble and that person died because they didn't call for help. In my opinion it should be the other way around.
Linny February 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Yes we need to thank the Lacey Police Dept for going after these low lifes and helping to try and save this town.. and how true the saying Do good things and good things happen.. Do bad things and bad things happen..** Keep up the good work .. we need you .. a thankful Lacey resident..
byeebyeebirdii February 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Shit happens..no reason to blame mike or the girl, people have drug problems, they seriously cannot help it, unlike all you perfect people with perfect lives, sometimes you just need relief or a way out, shouldn't judge, ya might be in the same position one day...
Linny February 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
First of all we are not all perfect people at all.. with perfect lives.. but it doesn*T take a rocket scientist to know that no one forced this girl to take the needle and overdose.. yes stuff happens but you and you alone can prevent it from happening.. maybe this girl does need someone to talk to because she is hurting or her family life is bad but to go to heroin is not the answer.. No one is judging just trying to make this town safe for their children and to get rid of the drug problem.. Hope she will be ok and will learn from this..
Randy Daytona February 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Citizens of Lacey next time your car is broken into late at night...the people named in this article are to thank im sure.
Randy Daytona February 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I also would like to thank the Lacey Police Dept for keeping another non tax paying addict mutant alive. It saddens me to see when officer crash and get hurt responding to calls like this. Unfortunately when officers are dispatched they usually don’t know to whom there responding to help and its horrible when a good person gets hurt or killed responding to help a low life that cheats death everyday abusing themselves with drugs. Its no wonder drugs are so out of control in Lacey Twp, our poor slimming team of over worked officers respond to more calls of trying to keep theses dirt bags alive then having time to stop the drugs from entering our town. I again praise Janitorial Committeeman DAVE MOST for fighting against our town from getting a drug dog. The town should propose that the drug dog stays at least 200 feet from the FOHO, and then im sure that DAVE MOST would be in favor of the drug dog.
Joe February 11, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Randy, I highly doubt the next time someone's car gets broke into late at night that it's going to be these people in this article. And I really can't respond with the things I would like to say about your comment. You make it sound as if you wanted that 16 year old girl to die and not to be saved by Lacey EMS..You're a piece of..for saying something like that. She's a young girl with a problem! You know, what if you have a kid that grows up to have a drug problem? That's the problem with the majority of the people who respond to stuff like this. You don't understand what it's like to have a drug problem or have a family member who has a problem. And I have NO idea what the hell you're talking about having an officer crash and get hurt or killed..that didn't happen. And you know what, it's the police officer's job and the EMS' job to respond to these types of calls. They know what they're doing and they could get hurt responding to ANY type of call..talking about an accident? That could happen at any time, when they're just patrolling the town or responding to a call..If you have nothing intelligent to say you just need to keep it to yourself. And I sincerely thank the Lacey Township Police and the Lacey EMS for saving this young girl even though I have no idea who she is. That makes no difference! She's someone's daughter and she needs help, she doesn't deserve to die because she has a drug problem.
paddler February 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Sorry, but that's ridiculous.
GetYourFactsStraight February 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
First of all none of you know what happend just because lacey patch gave you all a hyped up version of the truth.the girl went to the kids house like that and she fell out that shit happends daily he gave her cpr and ressestated her and brought her back to life in the midst of calling 911 unlike most addicts that would be to scared and hesitate.he called knowing that he could be getting introuble he saved that girls life and you all act like he made her do drugs your ignorant.the kid didnt even have heroin he had empty bags and needles but you should know that since you all are cops and or people who were involved.he didnt flee anywere he stayed and dealt with the situation like a man facing what ever trouble he was going to get into.he was scared and hid his box get your facts straight hes not a dirtbag cause he does or did drugs im sure you all have smoked a joint...and if it was pills and he was prescribed them that would be ok? your all rediculous bandwagoners the mother of the girl even thanked the kid for doing the right thing..hmmm what a dirtbag right? and kaitlynn mike doesnt know u from joe smhoe just because u and him knew the same people in highschool dont mean jack if u knew him youd know he isnt a dirtbag what so ever and just because someone has a problem with drugs or alc doesnt mean theyre robbing cars like are you serious you sound like fool he doesnt rob cars he got introuble he mad a MISTAKE and learned from it.and MATT C did u see the heroin? they found?
Matt C. February 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I never said anyone was a scumbag. I just don't appreciate him "hiding" stuff on my property. Its not my problem and i should not have needed to get involved. As for your question if i saw it.. Of course not. but the cops tols me after their search there was drugs and needles found. I tend to believe cops when it comes to things like that. I don't know where the other comment went cause its gone now but I am no snitch. I was not even home when this all happened. if he really did save her life I commend him for that. Its the right thing to do. It's a terrible situation but he no doubt did anything to keep himself out of that situation. Sorry if I offended anyone I'm not trying to be a "hero" as the one guys said before he deleted his comment
GetYourFactsStraight February 12, 2012 at 04:18 AM
im jsut gonna come out this is mike cannito i didnt do nothing wrong here i shoudlnt of hid it anywere but my property but i was scared and just acted i had no drugs on me or in that box. the cops came back the next day adn arrested me on a bs warrant because they wanted me to snitch cause they know that i obv have information....well that was a waste of time.they know theese charges will never stick in court and thats why i have the bomb ass lawyer i do for theese douche bag lacey cops who like to beef up the charges themselves to make it look like they did some serious police work.
Randy Daytona February 12, 2012 at 05:03 AM
yup im sure this kid had no drugs thats why people are saying he ran outside and hid a wooden box in the woods lol what was he hiding then his lucky charms lol and im sure his bomb ass laywer is a FREE public Defender .... lock your car doors citizens of Lacey Mr Cannito is out of jail on bail
Randy Daytona February 12, 2012 at 05:04 AM
to JOE waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa all addicts are some ones kid ...and i heard that your boy cannito didnt help her he ran hid his drugs and then did like a coward....
ty February 12, 2012 at 06:02 AM
why is a 19 year old hanging out with a 16 year old junkie hmmmmm and where ARE THEIR PARENTS ??????????????????????
ty February 12, 2012 at 06:08 AM
are these kids shooting up in their parent's home ? I wonder if his Mommy and Daddy got him this "bomb ass" lawyer ? I know if my son was a junkie he would not be living in MY home and def. would not be getting a "bomb ass" lawyer to get him out of jail so he can continue to be an addict. Your parents are enablers . And did you graduate high school because your grammer and spelling are horrible. Where did you go wrong in life ? Is this the life you wanted for yourself being a junkie trying to defend your horribly motivated actions on the lacey patch. So this is what is in store for you death jail HIV hep C enjoy
Condor February 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM
You did the right thing by calling the cops. Let's just hope that this was a wake up call for you. It could have turned out bad, really BAD. Get the help you need, it's out there.
Matt C. February 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
What gets me the most is I have no idea who this Copeland kid is but, somehow he knows me and where my property begins and ends. Also how does he know I'm moving and where I am moving too. Kind of disturbing if you ask me...
Cathie G February 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
The police really do hype up the charges and I know for a fact. My son, mike did a few wrong things and is serving 3 yrs. in Jamesburg for them. Of course there is always the police version, the perpetrator version and the truth. Mike, you're still a young guy and do yourself a favor and learn from this. If you need help, then get it but don't let your life go down the drain. This is meant to be a positive statement. I grew up in the Bronx and yes, the cops should work one day there and would they be shocked!
voiceofreason February 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM
So glad to see some of the ignorant people who comment on here are not blaming Walmart for all the crime in this town!!! I was so sick of hearing that nonsense.@Randy wow, you really ought to look deeply into your closets because you sound so ignorant. I wish I was so perfect. And for the rest of the police blotter, To the guy arrested on a $5000.00 warrant (maybe you should make sure you have both license plates). Hello!!! And they person arrested for stealing $3.52 worth of chapstick, hum that was worth it. WOWOWOWOW!!! Im amazed by the stupidity.
John Walton February 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I hope the people commenting on this article don't respresent the Lacey citizenry as a whole.. You make the town sound kind of backwards (Randy) and that's putting it politely. Unfortunately, there is a ton of heroin going around lacey on top of prescription narcotics like oxycontin.. There is a big group of teens and adults who are all connected that are creating this situation, if the police really got thier stuff together and targeted this group for real they might make a difference. Some of that group are bad news and some are just dumb kids that are getting caught in the group ( like this 16 year old girl). This is a serious and complicated situation..The hillbilly banter I see here is a sign that it isn't going to improve anytime soon. Good luck Lacey.
voiceofreason February 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Randy, do you know this girls parents? What gives you the right to say they are non tax paying. I really wish you would either 1 have facts or 2 keep quiet. I feel for her poor parents, they must be mortified. They dont need you wishing this 16 year old girl who has the rest of her life in front of her, dead. Do you have children? If so, Im glad they are so perfect! I hope at her age she can get the help she needs, she still has great hope!!! My heart goes out tto her family!!!!
M'Linda Kula February 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I was shopping for gifts in a local store when a grandmother came in the store and asked for prayers. Her 14 year old grandchild was addicted to drugs and had to be sent away for help. The cost of the help would bankrupt the parents. I then visited another shop were multiple mothers had expressed contempt with the local authorities over the number of young children overdosing. I then returned home to my own child in a state of anger and dispirited over another child overdosing. She said this child was overwelmed with sadness, took drugs as a way OUT and NOW, may not survive the attempts to save this child's life. If his life can be saved, he will then go for treatment and afterwards off to jail! My child begged me to stop this " CYCLE OF DEATH OF OUR CHILDREN." I told her I would do everything in my power to honor her plea for help. It is only 1:20 p.m.
ThisToShallPass February 17, 2012 at 03:56 AM
randy you sound like a reallllllllll tuff guy i highly doubt youd say anything to mike or the girl or her parents you prob sit outside wawa all day all night gather information and then go on the patch and talk reckless you geek.....you know what actually i feel bad for you you must have some serious mental health issues how could you wish death on a girl who you dont know who just made a poor choice.....you must be perfect huh?well if you have something to say come say it in person not in the security of your home behind a computar screen lacey patch gangsters randy daytona if your who i think you are your some fat wanna be poker star get a life
MJC February 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
hey randy your a fat cat degenerate gambler who are you your addicted to gambling so who are you to judge....oh and before you air other peoples dirty laundry why dont you stop hosting illeagle poker games in your basement:)
mussel man February 18, 2012 at 07:02 AM
uh oh randy. the stones in glass houses thing
Alyssa Starchild Hunter March 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Mike, yeah, you did the right thing and it isnt fair for people to say some of these things. but really, i wish youd get help bud. Mrs G, I hope your son Mike's story can help others
Getting my facts straight March 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Lock him up and throw away the key!! He has been in trouble many times and for many years, even as a juvenile. The upstanding citizens of Lacey do not deserve to be victims of his multiple offenses. Let's not forget he broke into to Lacey Liquors, vandalized and robbed them, not too long ago. Now he's selling heroin in your beloved town to your children. What's next?? He's not a hero for saving that girl. I think he helped her because he knew the police would pin a murder on him if she died. My heart goes out to the parents of this young girl. I hope she gets the helps she needs and learns from this. As for Mike Cannito,unfortunately, there is no hope for him. Did I get my facts straight, Mike??
609crimetime April 03, 2012 at 07:54 AM
im not going anywere come see me if you have issues i dont sell heroin and this was like 2 monthes ago almost a little late there for your slander and ignorance.i saved her cause im not a scumbag i USE to do drugs i am a rehabilitated man and i didnt know you were a judge or a cop to have your facts so straight to were you know what ive done and havnt innocent untill proven guilty you sound like a complete and total idiot.im "selling heroin" hmmmm i dont think and i dont think i forced anybody to do any drugs they didnt already acquire before entering my presence if you wanna get so exact.what is next isssss me getting my head on straight which it has been but dont think for a second i wont correct you anyway i have to think what you want cause obviously you arent that big of a person if you have to hide behind a computar screen on an anonymous website you know who i am why dont you come tell me who you are my adress is posted above;) btw her parents thanked me for doing the right thing cause a run of the mill junkie would of took off instead of sitting there recessitating her myself before rescue even showed up but you should know that already right? damn internet blog gangsters


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