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Barnegat Police Arrest Three On Multiple Drug Charges


Three people were arrested and charged with a number of drug offenses after a Barnegat police officer stopped their car for a motor vehicle violation, police said.

Patrolman Nicholas Venuto arrested Ethan McCrakne, 22, Barnegat, Frank Dichiara, 27, Toms River and Lindsey Frusco, 22 East Brunswick on Jan. 13 on West Bay Avenue, Lt. Keith Germain said.

When Venuto searched the vehicle, he found quantities of heroin and crack cocaine, police said.

McCraken and Dichiara were both charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. They were processed and released pending a court date, Germain said. 

Frusco provided a false identity to officers by identifying herself as Brittany Frusco (her sister) and providing Brittany's personal information. Officers discovered same when alerted that the fingerprints did not match Brittany, but instead matched Lindsey, he said.

Lindsey Frusco was charged with hindering apprehension, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River in default of $70,000 bail.


Ethan Andrew January 23, 2014 at 03:25 PM
this article is incorrect. i was one of the people arrested named in this article. there were four of us arrested and charged with the four different drug charges. greg gordon of barnegat was arrested and charged as well. he was the driver of the vehicle and he possessed heroin and crack cocaine as well as more found in the vehicle. because he would not admit to his own drugs four of us were all arrested and charged even though two of us possessed no drugs at all. this article should be rewritten immediately stating the facts correctly this time. it is extremely unfair to us that greg gordons name was left out while our names our now slandered. i am outraged by this as well are multiple other people who i just spoke to about the article. i will be contacting the editor of this barnegat and manahawkin patch immediately and demanding this be corrected.
Southern Golfer January 23, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Yeah, good luck with that. How old is "Greg"? You kids need to quit associating yourselves with kids that you KNOW do drugs, have drugs, deal drugs, whatever. They are nothing but bad news and cause nothing but trouble. Do yourselves, your parents, your family, your friends a favor and just say no!
seaswirl January 23, 2014 at 04:28 PM
You are in possession of the drugs through a theory known as ‟constructive possession.” You can be charged with possession of the drugs in the car even though ‟they were not owned by you.” In other words, you had access to the drugs at any time they were in the car with you, therefore, you are deemed to have been in possession. Time to lawyer up and find new friends.
anonymous January 23, 2014 at 05:08 PM
<<<<<<----------- never trusts a man with two first names.
Mama January 23, 2014 at 05:57 PM
If you wanna hang with drug dealers then you pay the price just like them. Find a new bunch of friends buddy.. And as for the article posted, I'm sure the editor got all the info from the police dept. I'll take their word over yours any day of the week.
Michele Pettit-Sadolsky January 23, 2014 at 06:10 PM
I was told as a child show me your company and I'll tell you what you are!!!!!
Florence Robinson January 23, 2014 at 06:25 PM
you are judge by the people you are with, if they have drugs, rob houses, beat up people, get arrested, they are rotton and bad skum, so are you, if you do not like to judged as bad and rotton, than stay away from those that are are, or do not complain, YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YPURSELF AND WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU.ONLY YOU TELL THE PUBLIC WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE,
Casey Marie January 23, 2014 at 08:44 PM
ETHAN KARMA IS A BITCH !! If your gonna hang with scum You are scum !!! You want to drive around shooting up or smoking up then you deserve anything you get and so do all the rest of them !! You guys are the people making these towns look disgusting bring and keeping all these drugs here!!! Great job to the cops who took three more scumbags off the road !!!
SpyvsSpy January 23, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Surprised Ethan McCraken is still alive. I'm sure his days are numbered.
anonymous January 24, 2014 at 02:41 AM
Ok OK lets all take it a little easier this is starting to sound like a bunch of bullys. Time for a change ethan you see how unforgiving the public can be. anonymous
John B Taxpayer January 24, 2014 at 06:10 AM
Ethan- I don't know you, you could be innocent or a guilty dirt bag..... but Your attorney would probably advise against posting anything here.
Erric L Zdzchowski January 24, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Considering the stellar editing as usual -- is the gentleman's name McCrakne or McCracken? It's not hard to believe the patch got it wrong again, settle down folks.
Jessica Fleming January 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Alright I've been a addict since I was 14 off anything that got me high anything to alter my mind and every person that does drugs knows that you have a chance of getting caught and you are gonna have to suffer the consequences like it or not but I'm not stupid people aren't stupid Ethan and you take them all like there fools like they don't know what they are saying but seriously you don't hang out with people that shoot dope and then you say you don't do it or that shit isn't yours come on first of all we stick together druggies hang out with druggies because we understand being high and people that don't do what we do don't understand why we are doing what we are doing and personally when your high especially off dope you don't want to be around sober people nobody usually is unless there passing out like you do drugs and so does a lot of other people that's your choice you are going to do what you want no matter how people judge you or what they say your the only person that can control your habits and when your not ready to change your life your not gonna do it .period. But seriously Ethan this is the first time u have gotten in trouble everytime u get into a car or is at a friends house you have a 50 50 chance of some serious consequences while dealing with drugs and personally you made the decision to be in that car so take the justice don't sit here a deny and deny and put people on blast like your making your self look stupid and seriously people not every "junkie"druggie or addict is a scumbag or a dirt bag because they do drugs yes most of you that comment on this probably never have done drugs or smoked a little bit a weed in high school but once you get to that point where you are using not to get high and have fun but it's the quickiest but temporary getaway and once you are addicted to the ritual of getting away your problems so fast is where you become an addict and as experience you do not control your heroin habit because once your hooked the drug controls you it's controls every thought in your mind and I can't express enough that most hard core drugs that are swimming through jersey right now are not to jut get high hVe fun and have an grand old time it's to block out problems and why you ask why can all these other people deal with problems without drugs well I can't answer for everybody but I know that once you do something for 12 years straight every time u had a problem it's not that simple to just break that habit especially because it takes you away from stress and reality. Heroin is and will always be the one drug that controlled me from the first bag to the very last one at an affordable price .. I'm sorry for the rant but I just feel like some people say alpt of things without knowing true facts without truly knowing what's going on in some bodies life and so quick to judge someone on there actions .. People live to learn survive and then die!!
Tired of this place January 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Ethan I don't know you but you really need to get help. Did you really think these people are your friends no they are not wake up before it's to late. You just embarrassed your family Think how they feel get help go to rehab now
Father January 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM
http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/groups/editors-picks/p/from-the-barnegat-pd-littering-leads-to-drug-charges Seems as though manipulation has thwarted the honest contrived theory of investigation. kudos to you and your "slandered" name, Ethan.
Florence Robinson January 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM
if any 0f these people listen, and change that will be great. keep them coming and the prayers going, then we can all have a better future THANK YOU
marilyn wainwright January 31, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Ethan, You have a been arrested how many times? Guess all those times too it wasn't your stuff. Get Help!
Brenda Ann January 31, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Ethan you are sadly an addict. Get to rehab before your mom has to find you dead. You are in denial. Stop the cycle and who cares if the patch left a name out. You are as guilty as everyone else in that car. My thanks to the officer that pulled your vehicle over and had the intuition to search the vehicle and make the arrests. Ethan take this as a wake-up call and get your life straight. Otherwise, your name will next be published in the obituary.
Nicholas Pablo February 10, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Your the reason why half of the barnegat kids do drugs. Fuckin loser. No one has sympathy for u

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