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Lacey Man Arrested After Trying To Trash Five Heroin Bags

Joseph D. Negra
Joseph D. Negra

A Lacey man who tried to discard five bags of heroin was arrested on drug charges Wednesday, police said.

According to Lacey police:

At 9:45 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey, while traveling north on Deerhead Lake Drive, observed a pedestrian make a transaction with someone in a blue, older model Ford F-150 standard cab pick-up truck.

The pedestrian quickly walked away heading east on Lakeside Drive South. Believing that he had just witnesses a CDS transaction, Verwey approached the pedestrian on Lakeside Drive South at Edgewood Road. Tsarnas arrived and assisted Officer Verwey.

The man, identified as 42-year-old Joseph D. Negra of Joffrey Road in Forked River, was found to have an outstanding $500 warrant out of the Toms River Municipal Court. During the arrest at the scene on the outstanding warrant, Negra was caught trying to discard five bags of heroin.

Negra was charged with possession of heroin and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $10,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing into the identity of the occupants of the suspect vehicle involved in the drug transaction. Anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle and its possible involvement in the distribution of Heroin is asked to call Officer Michael Verwey at 609.693.6636 x2598 or submit an anonymous crime tip through the police department website atwww.laceypd.org/crime-tips/.


AB February 08, 2014 at 08:48 AM
they should do public humiliation on all drug dealers and people using. put them on the street with a sign on them stating why they are standing there....
grace February 08, 2014 at 12:08 PM
unfortunately our drug dealers have rights too. our politically correct society will not allow for some common sense answers as to what should be done.. public humiliation might work on one with any morals the others probably could care less @ AB
Michelle Finne Richardson February 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM
great job lacey pd!This new chief really has his at together, everyone should get involved and get these scumbags away from our kids.
Linny February 15, 2014 at 09:52 AM
this is so true.. Since this new chief things are finally getting done around here.. I hope he keeps it up until all of these low lifes are caught.. great job!!
Joey Joe February 16, 2014 at 07:58 AM
@Linny - I think you are spot on... The drug issues in Lacey didn't start over night and they surely won't EVER go away totally, but at least the new Police Chief is putting the horse back in front of the cart.... He's got a tough row to hoe given that there didn't appear to be much done when the old chief was in his state of denial.

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