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Barnegat Police: Heroin Overdose Leads to Arrest

Overdose occurred at Barnegat Motel.

A drug overdose at the Barnegat Motel led to two people being charged with heroin possession yesterday, Barnegat police said.

Around noon on April 23, members of the Barnegat Police Narcotics Unit arrested Joseph Cook, 27, and Brooke Cook, 28, of Barnegat after arriving at the motel in response to a report that a female subject had overdosed on heroin.

An on scene investigation revealed that both Joseph and Brook were in possession of and had ingested heroin, police said.

Joseph Cook was charged with 3rd degree possession of heroin and was processed and released pending a court date.

Brooke Cook was charged with 3rd degree possession of heroin and was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for medical treatment.

In related news, on April 19th at 2:00 p.m, members of the Barnegat Police Narcotics Unit arrested Edward Beaton, 44, of Manahawkin and Merredith Rowe, 32, of Manahawkin after they observed Beaton and Rowe seated in a parked car in the parking lot of the Wawa on West Bay Avenue. Moments later, police said, Beaton allegedly distributed a quantity of heroin to Rowe.

Beaton was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin (all 3rd degree).

Rowe was charged with possession of heroin (3rd degree) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Beaton and Rowe were processed and released pending a court date.

Jill April 25, 2013 at 05:14 PM
"Junkies" start out as normal people who have emotional illnesses or problems. Cancer patients as well. There is no hierarchy of diseases - it's not a contest. I know cancer patients who became "junkies" to cope with their disease and pain. How do we judge them? As cancer patients or junkies? It's not a ridiculous comparison. There is always a REASON anyone takes that first hit, and I'd go so far as to suppose its usually a last resort attempt to chase away an unbearable pain.
Teresa Cioffi April 25, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Jill Pay no attention to these guys they sit in their own little world and bash everyone till it hits their home and family members , and from the way they speak on the comment board their kids had a miserable childhood .
Frank Karol April 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM
seems to me, too many drug problems are at this hotel, maybe the authorities should take a good look at this.
chris April 29, 2013 at 02:54 PM
the whole problem is on Lexington dr the cops try hard not to even go up there I know someone who went to Trenton trying to complain about the cops doing nothing we really need a large crowd at town hall screaming then mabey something could get done
craftychick May 14, 2013 at 10:59 PM
ProudPappa, what if the heroin addict was your son or daughter? I'm sure you'd change your tune then. Do you realize how horribly callous this statement is? I'm going to go ahead and assume you must be a perfect human being...and don't have anything in your life that would prompt someone to say "the herd was almost a bit thinner" if you had almost died.

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