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.

Teresa Cioffi April 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
WOW Bout time guess pd is watching what everyone is posting and how everyone feels , maybe stafford pd should wake up too
Jen April 24, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Why release this idiots ? This is what the issue is . Another death within a week . Sick!!! I am so ashamed to live in barnegat
Larry Cataldo April 24, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Capt Jacobsen Mey April 24, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Nah - there's no heroin or drug problem in Barnegat, is there... Another OD right after an OD death on Starboard... Heroin sales in WaWa parking lots... So what's being done about this very apparent drug problem? Are the users now going to the Barnegat Motel trying to stay away from the streets in the neighborhoods? This is disgusting. This IS a PROBLEM. Concerned.
Proud Pappa April 24, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The herd was almost a bit thinner.. close yet so far...would of saved a bundle on court costs too...Once again B.P.D. on the job..good job men ( an women)..
Teresa Cioffi April 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Proudpappa. You are a sick person.
Jill April 25, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Proudpapa - there are plenty of ways herds can be thinned. Im starting to wonder how you managed to get this far without being thinned out yourself. You haven't offered any constructive comments in connection with either of the stories I've seen you comment on. Are you sitting at home, watching reality TV offering up your words of wisdom. People like you are not going to help the situation. Why don't you use your disgust and anger to help the police and your community heal instead of making stupid cruel statements? It's easy to make blanket judging statements when you aren't equipped with the knowledge required to understand a problem. Do you know any kids who ever said "when I grow up I want to be an addict?" There is a lot more to it than you seem to get. People like you make great parents. I pray you never have to face a problem like this in your own family or circle of friends. The problem isn't socio-economic or geographically specific. Are you one of those people who get angry at cancer patients or physically challenged people as well? Same difference. Wake up.
Plunket of Barnegat April 25, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Why? Letting drug users OD seems like a good way to solve the problem to me.
wookfish April 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Teresa Cioffi April 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Jill you are right! In all you said this guy proudpappa is a terrible Person When it hits his home He will wake up ! you have to feel sorry for people like him and his family.
r.j. springer April 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM
How dare anyone compare cancer patients and physically challenged people to heroin addicts! No one chooses these afflictions. Junkies CHOSE that first hit. Drug addictionneeds rehab, but the comparison is ridiculous.
wookfish April 25, 2013 at 02:22 PM
cheaper too
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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