‘Rolling meth lab’ rolls no more, cops say; trio arrested in Manchester
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP — Police arrested three people on various drug manufacturing, possession and distribution charges and brought a van they identified as a "rolling meth lab" to a halt Monday.
Demetrius Kiprakis, 30, of Goose Creek, South Carolina; Bryan Sahlin, 29, of Manchester Township and Roseanna Fox, 57, of Toms River were all arrested ater a suspicious vehicle was reported on the 2000 block of Larchmont Street at 3:38 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Manchester police officers responded to the Pine Lake section of the township, where the vehicle was eventually located on Middlesex Street. Through further investigation, police learned that the vehicle had license plates that had been reported stolen in Berkeley County, South Carolina, police said.
When police searched the van, they discovered items that were consistent with the manufacturing of crystal methamphetamine.
"Due to the potential volatility of some of the components involved in the manufacturing process of crystal meth, the items of concern were removed from the vehicle and placed a safe distance away," police said.
In addition, police requested the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Response Unit and well as the local hazmat team and county arson unit, who worked together to identify the items in the van and make sure the scene was safe.
Police shut down a portion of Middlesex Street for about five hours as a precaution during the investigation. They also temporarily evacuated a nearby residence and seized the van and its contents, authorities said.
Kiprakis, who police said was found to be the driver of the vehicle, was charged with several offenses including: first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Kiprakis was transported to Ocean County Jail on $410,000 bail, police said.
Sahlin, an occupant of the van, was charged with first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was also transported to Ocean County Jail on $410,000 bail.
Fox, who was also an occupant of the van, faces charges that include possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution and manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a syringe. She was transported to Ocean County Jail on $85,000 bail.
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