MANCHESTER, NJ — A pair of Ocean County men have been charged with a host of drug charges after police found the two sitting in a car in a motel parking lot apparently smoking marijuana, Manchester police said Saturday.

The two men, Louis Stokes and Anthony Singletary, both 20 years old and both from Barnegat, were arrested Thursday at the Comfort Inn on Route 37, Manchester Capt. Todd Malland said.

Members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team approached a vehicle with two men sitting in it that had been sitting in the parking lot and had been deemed suspicious, Malland said. As the officers approached the vehicle, they could smell the odor of burning marijuana, he said.

As they investigated, officers saw a quantity of marijuana inside the vehicle, Malland said. When the officers asked the passenger, Stokes, to get out of the vehicle, he attempted to run off but was apprehended and placed under arrest after a brief struggle, Malland said. He was later found to be in possession of 33 bags of heroin and 2 grams of cocaine, Malland said.

Singletary, the driver, also was arrested and subsequently found to be in possession of 45 bags of heroin, he said.

Singletary was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and concealment of evidence, Malland said. He was released on summonses.

Louis Stokes, via Ocean County Corrections Department online records

Stokes was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, concealment of evidence, hindering apprehension, and resisting arrest. Stokes is being held at the Ocean County Jail on the Manchester charges as well as on a New Jersey State Juvenile Parole no-bail warrant and an outstanding Barnegat Township warrant, Malland said.

In addition to the drugs, officers seized more than $400 in cash and the vehicle the two occupied, Malland said. Also assisting in the investigation were members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Patrol Bureau and K-9 Unit.

Residents are reminded that drug tips can be reported to the Manchester Police anonymously at 732-657-6111 or online via the Department’s website, www.manchesterpolicenj.com, by clicking the “Tip Line” link.

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