Police & Fire

Route 18 Motel Patrol Leads to Multiple Drug Charges


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick police charged two Monmouth County men with several drug-related charges after they were approached by an officer in the parking lot of a local motel near the New Jersey Turnpike.

According to an official report, Patrolman Patrick Lem was patrolling the parking lot of Studio 6, 246 Highway 18 North, on March 1 at 8:15 p.m. and approached a vehicle occupied by two males. 

After Lem spoke to both occupants, the front seat passenger Joseph Pauciello, 31, of Keansburg was found to be in possession of crack cocaine.  Additionally, on the front passenger side floor was a bag of hypodermic syringes and several loose wax folds containing suspected heroin. 

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When the driver Joseph Yannibelli, 39, of Atlantic Highlands was asked to exit the vehicle, 10 wax folds of suspected heroin fell from his lap onto the ground as he exited.  A search of the vehicle yielded an additional 83 wax folds of suspected heroin and a crack pipe. 
Yannibelli and Pauciello were both charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Pauciello, who originally provided a false name to Lem, was also charged with Possession of Cocaine and Hindering.

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