Brick Officers Recover 1,600 Bags of Heroin After Suspect Rams Police Car, Flees

Cops broke up drug deal in Target parking lot

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.

Stacy M August 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
WOW! Is really all I can say w/ all that has been said here! Who cares where these scum bags got arrested? I would love for it to be on my street so I could watch, yes daily I watch these scum bags on my street while my children are out and yes daily I call the police! I have dealt w/ this w/ a child of my own, its heart wrenching. Nothing anyone can do until the addict decides they are done.....PERIOD! Must drug dealers are not addicts all they do is feed the addiction of others they don't care who they hurt all they care about is the money.....PERIOD! Kudos to the officers that take them down even if it is only for a few hours because yes they will get bailed out and do it again!!
clamdigger August 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
@D5557; now who's being a child, you drop a statement like this "I don't care that you have a drivers manual that you are reading. Hahaha look it up online." I didn't have to look it up I already knew what the answer was, I provided you the link and page for your awareness. you say you live near Atco, so I'll assume you've driven on Rt.70,Rt.73,Rt.72 and others out that way,well there are plenty of areas where there are Dbl yellow lines that require someone to turn left to access homes and businesses w/o any breaks in the lines or openings. If find it hard to understand how you can say it isn't permitted. What are people suppose to do? Drive to the next nearest right turn, then turn around in a driveway,return to the street and make a left turn back onto the highway then drive back to the location they origionally wanted to arrive at? Think about what you are saying and how crazy it is. you go ahead continue to believe what "they" tell you about drug addiction. You can believe what "they" tell you so you can feel better from day to day and I'll continue to believe what I believe and that addiction to heroin,coke,crack is a personal choice. You choose to take the risk of putting it in your body knowing full well of the dangers it involves and that includes addiction and possibly death.
John C August 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Alcoholism and drug addiction are linked to genes. Some people are genetically predisposed to alcohol and drug abuse - and this is supported with actual science, not opinion. A genetic trait, or abnormality that predisposes one to a negative behavior or condition sure sounds like disease to me. I don't have time to dig up this now old research for you since it's bed time, but this link should suffice. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061020080712.htm
DIANE September 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
These people are sick, I dont think they wake up and say I want to be a junky today..they start with the pills for recreation..try to stop but its to late..their addicted..now they cant afford it and go to heroin..we need to remove the roxys off the streets
Sarah November 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I don't know why people who live in Toms River always feel so superior. Highway 37 is a nightmare, there are more bad neighborhoods in TR than Brick or sure. Jackson.....we know they all marry their cousins!


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