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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.

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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