A pair of Howell residents face drug charges after being stopped by the Jackson Police Department on Route 195 on Tuesday.
According to information posted on the department’s Facebook page a 2014 Kia was pulled over a little after noon by Officer Brad Reider who was assisted by fellow officer Mark Rodina. During the stop the officers saw items which pointed to possible drug use and that one of the passengers appeared “aggravated” during the investigation while the driver was “extremely nervous.”
A search of the vehicle revealed a hypodermic syringe and four bags of heroin. A bottlecap and belt “fashioned in ways indicative of heroin use,” as well as a blood stained napkin also consistent with heroin use were found according to the report.
Following the investigation 23-year-old Anthony Williams was charged with motor vehicle equipment violations and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle. Williams was also charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was released on a summons.
The passenger, 22-year-old Nicholas Kowana III was taken to police headquarters when a search of his seat was conducted. Located in the crack of the seat were “several full and empty bags of heroin,” as well as a syringe that Kowana had reportedly “secreted on his person but had discarded in the car,” the report said. He was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail which was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent option.