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Three Arrested After Alleged Drug Deal Interrupted

Two Lawrence Township police officers on patrol foiled what authorities believe was a drug deal between a township teenager and two youg men from Pennsylvania.

A Lawrence Township teenager allegedly led authorities on a brief car chase after two township police officers interrupted what authorities believe was a drug deal in the Manors at Lawrenceville development Monday, police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry confirmed yesterday.

The suspect, identified as Jamie Strasser, 18, of Winthrop Road, managed to get away Monday evening but police caught up with him later, taking him into custody at his home about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and charging him with eluding, marijuana distribution, marijuana possession and loitering to comment a drug crime, according to Ubry.

Strasser was .

Ubry said it was shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when Officers Sean Kerins and Erini Papafilipakis, while on patrol in the Manors development off Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, observed two young men standing outside a vehicle parked on Adele Court. Deeming the situation somewhat “suspicious,” the officers stopped to investigate, he said.

As a result of that investigation, Ubry said, the officers concluded the men were waiting to buy marijuana. As the officers were conducting their investigation, they spotted a blue vehicle approaching and saw that the driver was Strasser, he said.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Strasser allegedly sped away and the officers gave chase, Ubry said.

While on Dayna Court, according to Ubry, Strasser allegedly discarded a package of marijuana that was later recovered by police. Strasser’s auto was last seen on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, and Lawrence Township police issued a radio “crime alert” to police in Hopewell Township and other neighboring municipalities with a description of the vehicle.

(An off-air recording of that alert can be heard in the media box above)

Having identified Strasser as the driver, police waited for him to return home and arrested him Tuesday morning, Ubry said. He said police are still working to determine if anyone else was in the vehicle with Strasser at the time.

Ubry said bail for Strasser was sent at $25,000 by Lawrence Township Municipal Court Judge Kevin Nerwinski.

The two men stopped by police on Adele Court were identified by Ubry as a 17-year-old boy from Newtown, Pa., and Stephen Kaschak, 19, of Holland, Pa. He said they were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of fireworks and loitering to commit a drug crime.

IMHO June 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Kudos to Lawrence Township Police officers for keeping our streets safe & keeping drugs out of reach of kids. This is why we need more Police in the LTPD not less. I hope the Township Council & the Police chief are listening!
17 June 20, 2012 at 08:42 PM
My neighbor called the police about this about a week ago because it has been going on for weeks they should at least acknowledge it.
Ken June 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Why don't you just leave your neighbors name and address too so the drug dealers can come looking for them and "give them credit" Will that make you happy?
Thomas Miller June 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM
how can they arrest the guy for " loitering to commit a drug crime" He was driving down the street. If he was stopped and sitting on his hood, then maybe. Also, where the devil does " loitering to commit a drug crime" come from. dont you people realize this is just a way to try and charge someone with a crime even if the police have no evidence but only suspicion in their minds. so now, if my grandma is sitting behind a shopping center and talking to her friend, thats ok. but if a young kid, or maybe some black kids are back there, Its gonna be "HEY JOHN, LETS ARREST THEM FOR DRUG LOITERING, CUZ THATS WHAT I THINK EVEN THOUGH, IVE ALREADY SEARCHED HIS ANUS AND CANT FIND ANYTHING. " How can the courts allow this illegal type of laws to be created. and for all you old farts, how bout when you were a kid and hung out at the neighbor dairy queen. How about if the cops arrested you for " lotiering to commit smoking a cigarrete, or to drink alcohol."" same thing, no difference.
Ken June 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Hey Tom, why don't you became a lawyer or legislator? Oh wait, you'll be too stoned to pass law school.
17 June 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Didn't say by name. Just that the police were tipped by a civilian who helped clean up the town. The only reason the cops were there was because of her.
17 June 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
As a civilian in the complex I would like to say thank you to "you know who you are" for standing up and taking action. The cop that was there thank you too sir but let's be honest on why you were there and give the proper person a pat on the back.
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Come on Ken lets not get ignorant Tom has valid points. You'll only realize that when your on the receiving end.
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow how much censorship is going on for the comments? None of the comments I posted yesterday are here.
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 03:42 PM
sorry delete that last comment
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Amen!!!
Joe June 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Tom miller. I am SO with you. Lawrence has nothing better to do but bust people for drugs -_- you can't just lock up kids for standing near their car... What the hell happened to freedom?
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 05:26 PM
FYI all the multiple drug charges from Jan. were thrown out of superior court and downgraded to municipal court. So evidently it was a case of the police charging him with anything they possibly think of it but not being able to sustantiate it.
T Voice June 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Wake up citizens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jake June 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
If I could like that comment I would !!!! Only god can judge, no ones perfect, so don't be so quick to judge the kid. You never hear about any coke busts in Lawrence. But my son tells me all the time about how his friends have turned to coke. so good job Lawrence police.. Good job...
Yourmother June 21, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Lmfao "he managed to get away" that's amazing that a 18 yr white kid can get away from the cops in Lawrence. I feel SO safe now.
Truffs June 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Your kid hangs with coke heads. Awesome. Congrats.
Trips June 22, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Not only that he got away from the cops on Adele court. A COURT. Are you kidding me.
LawrencevilleResident June 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Why does him being white matter? He was in a car and I am assuming there was one cop who decided to save tax money (gas) and waited for him to come back home.
LawrencevilleResident June 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I noticed that too, I think what the author meant was that he threw his drugs onto that street and continued up Lawrence Pennington.
LawrencevilleResident June 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I have a feeling that perhaps Jamie, the Lawrence resident who fleed the scene, was possibly intoxicated. It would be the only good possible reason to stay out until 7AM. He would have been hit with a DUI. That's literally the only reason I can think of besides pure stupidity as for why he drove away. He lives so close to me..weird.
salvatore July 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
these Lawrence cops really have nothing else better to do but to ASSUME that kid has drugs are you serious Lawrence it got so bad that you added a law loitering to comment a drug crime who the hell are you it just gives another step for the police officers to abuse their power. to all the police officers shouldn't you be catching the REAL criminals like the RAPIST that walk among us and the murders and you guys wanna bitch about a little piece marijuana you should be happy heroin, crack and meth aren't in your possession better yet the kids

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