UPDATED: 11:21 a.m. Saturday with additional details and charge information.
Two detectives from the Brick Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit broke up a drug deal in the Route 70 Target parking lot, then recovered 1,600 bags of heroin after a suspected drug dealer rammed an unmarked police car and nearly hit another officer.
The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Capt. John Rein said.
At that time, Detective Jason Shepherd and Detective Sgt. Joseph Forrester observed what appeared to be a drug deal going down between two men – one driving a Honda Civic and another driving a Ford Escape. As the officers approached the vehicles and identified themselves, Rein said, the man driving the Ford backed his vehicle up and rammed the detectives' unmarked vehicle.
The suspect – later identified as Joseph Misyack, 29, of Lakewood – then drove the vehicle toward Shepherd, narrowly missing the officer, Rein said. Misyack then drove over curbing in the parking lot, fleeing toward the rear of the store and exiting into the eastbound lanes of Cedar Bridge Avenue.
Misyack then abandoned the vehicle approximately a quarter mile away in the parking lot of the Cedar Garden Apartments on Cedar Bridge Ave. and fled on foot, Rein said. He was located 15 minutes later in a wooded area between the rear of the apartment complex and homes on Duquesne Blvd. and was arrested without further incident.
Misyack was found to have been in possession of 1,604 bags of heroin as well as $800 cash, Rein said.
Misyack was charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution within a 1,000 feet of a school zone, obstruction, hindering, eluding and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and numerous motor vehicle offenses. He was being lodged at the Ocean County Jail on $150,000 cash bail.
The suspect operating the Honda, identified as Michael Conte, 28, of Toms River, remained on scene and was placed under arrest without incident. He was charged with being in possession of 50 bags of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. After being processed he was released on a summons.
The Ford Escape and Honda Civic were both seized and taken back to Brick Police headquarters. An execution of a search warrant on Misyack’s vehicle, the Ford Escape, which was a rental vehicle, recovered an addition 50 bags of Heroin and $567.
Conte’s vehicle was being held pending forfeiture.