Incident Type: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun / Possession of
CDS w/ Intent to Distribute
Date and Time of Incident: 08/17/2012
Suspect / City / Age: Edward
J. Crouch, 38, of Pleasantville
Incident Location: White Horse Pike / 4th Ave.
Investigating Officer(s): K-9 Ofc. H. Melendez #60 and Det. Cpl.
E. Hendrickson #56
Misc / Other Related Information:
On August 17, 2012 at 12:04am
Galloway Police K9 Officer Hiram Melendez conducted a motor vehicle stop at a
Motel on Rt 30 at 4th Ave for motor vehicle violations.
(Careless Driving and Failure to signal turn, occurred on Rt 30.)
Upon approaching the vehicle Officer Melendez smelled a strong odor of
marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officer
Carolyn Buckley and Officer Kerry Baerman responded to assist.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of
marijuana, several pills without a prescription, $861 in cash, drug
paraphernalia (packaging material,) and a loaded handgun a (45 caliber Glock.)
A male, Edward J. Crouch, age 38
of Pleasantville was taken into custody. Det
Corporal Eric Hendrickson also responded to assist.
After an investigation, Corporal Hendrickson then prepared and executed
a search warrant to Crouch’s motel room.
Inside the room police recovered 2.65 pounds of marijuana, an
additional 56 glass vials individually packaged with marijuana, 3.5 ounces of
cocaine, an additional 8 bags of individually packaged cocaine, a second
handgun (a Rossi 38 special,) numerous prescription pills of various types, as
well as ecstasy, scales and $21,400 in cash.
Crouch was charged with 5 counts
of Possession of CDS, 3 counts of Distribution of CDS, Possession of a Weapon
while committing CDS Offense, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. Two
Counts each of Poss of a Weapon and Poss of a Weapon for an Unlawful purpose
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Crouch’s bail was set by JMC Elaine
Frick at $250,000 cash. Crouch was transported to the Atlantic County Justice
Facility. The investigation is
still ongoing at this time.
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