An Ocean County man is facing charges after authorities say they found a large amount of cocaine inside his vehicle and marijuana inside a home.

Detectives from numerous law enforcement agencies in the county were conducting a surveillance operation on a home in Manchester Township at the end of March.

That's when they say they saw 29-year-old Ricardo Cruickshank exit that home and walk towards a BMW.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the BMW was being utilized by Cruickshank to store quantities of cocaine. Cruickshank was detained while Detectives executed a court-authorized search warrant on the vehicle. As a result, Detectives seized approximately 90 grams of cocaine. Cruickshank was thereafter placed under arrest.

Authorities then executed a search warrant on the home where they found, "a large quantity of marijuana and approximately $1,290 in United States currency."

Cruickshank has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of more than one-half ounce but less than five ounces of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

He was served with the charges via summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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