Brick Man Posted Pictures Online Leading to His Drug Arrest
A Brick man was tracked down and arrested after he allegedly posted photos on Snapchat, showing off a gun and large amounts of cash in his vehicle.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer says Taishaun Cosme, 24, of Brick was arrested on a number of charges related to drugs, firearms, and cyber harassment.
Billhimer relates how the arrest was made:
On January 23, 2020, Detectives from the Barnegat Crime Reduction Unit advised the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force that a male was posting on Snapchat pictures of a firearm and a quantity of cash in his motor vehicle. Further investigation involving the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force, Barnegat Township Police Department, Brick Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department, and Toms River Police Department revealed that the male was Cosme. Using Snapchat’s geo-location function, Detectives were able to locate Cosme operating a motor vehicle in Lakewood. Detectives executed a motor vehicle stop of Cosme’s vehicle and subsequently obtained a court-authorized search warrant for the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and several rounds of hollow point bullets, as well as a significant amount of Cocaine, digital scale, and assorted paraphernalia indicative of drug distribution.
Cosme is being held in jail pending a hearing in court.