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LOWER TOWNSHIP, NJ (June 25, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--While conducting street crimes operations, Lower Township Police Detectives observed Edward Connelly meet up with a vehicle occupied by two subjects.  Connelly was observed entering the rear of the vehicle and due to the suspicious circumstances; the vehicle was approached by Detectives.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Richard Steel and the passenger was identified as Joanne Steel. 

As Detectives approached, Joanne Steel was observed attempting to tie a plastic shopping bag closed.  All subjects were checked for warrants and Edward Connelly and Joanne Steel were found to have outstanding warrants for their arrests.  When Joanne Steel was asked to exit the vehicle, she attempted to give her purse to her husband, yet the purse was secured by Detectives and found to contain fifteen (15) suboxone sublingual films, two (2) bundles of suspected heroin and a hypodermic syringe.  Search incident to arrest, Joanne Steel was also found to have a hypodermic syringe and an additional bundle of suspected heroin on her person. 
After Edward Connelly was removed from the vehicle, five (5) bags of suspected heroin were located on the rear seat where he was sitting.  A search of the plastic bag that Steel was attempting to tie closed as Detectives approached, was also found to contain eight (8) additional suspected bags of heroin.  Another hypodermic syringe was also located on the rear floor of the vehicle.  At the conclusion of the stop, Richard Steel was sent on his way, with no charges.
Both Connelly and Joanne Steel were transported to the Lower Township Police Department for charging and processing.  Connelly was placed on summons #S-2018-000202-0505 and charged with Possession of Heroin, 3rd degree; and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, a disorderly persons offense.  Joanne Steel was placed on warrant #W-2018-000203-0505 and charged with two (2) counts of Possession of CDS, 3rd degree; two (2) counts of Distribution of CDS, 3rd degree, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, a disorderly persons offense.  Connelly was released after processing and given a new court date for the $45.00 outstanding warrant out of Lower Township.  Steel was transported to the Cape May County Correctional Facility, awaiting a first appearance and in lieu of the $500.00 outstanding warrant out of Wildwood. 
A total of fifty-five (55) bags of suspected heroin, fifteen (15) suboxone sublingual films and three (3) hypodermic syringes were seized.