Cape May Court House, New Jersey (November 23, 2020)--– Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner and Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan, announce the arrest of Branden Manyak, age 27 and Niki Kelley, age 29, both residents of the Rio Grande section of Middle Township, for distribution of Methamphetamine.
These arrests were the result of an investigation targeting the narcotics distribution activities of Manyak throughout Cape May County. This cooperative investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, and was assisted by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resident Atlantic City Office. On Thursday, November 19, 2020, a Superior Court search warrant was executed by the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team at Manyak’s residence located on the 3000 block of Shunpike Road in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township NJ. As a result of this investigation, distribution levels of Methamphetamine, along with packaging materials consisted with the distribution of Methamphetamine, were recovered at the residence.
Branden Manyak and Niki Kelley both were charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a crime of the third degree; Distribution of Methamphetamine, a crime of the second degree; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a crime of the fourth degree; and Distribution within 500ft of Certain Public Place, a crime of the second degree. Branden Manyak and Niki Kelley were processed and lodged in the Cape May Cape May County Correctional Center.
Also arrested during this investigation was Ian Harris, age 40, a resident of Rio Grande, NJ. Harris was charged with the possession of Methamphetamine, a crime of the third degree and he was processed and released on a summons pending court proceedings.
Prosecutor Sutherland stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the County Sheriff, local municipalities, State, and Federal agencies to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances. Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within the community and this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.
* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.