JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Saturday November 7, 2020, detectives from the department’s Special Enforcement Unit conducted surveillance at the Prospect Pointe Apartments located on South New Prospect Road after receiving information that a suspect wanted on a murder charge out of Philadelphia PA was potentially in the area.
Detectives located a vehicle in the parking lot which was known to be driven by the suspect and later observed the suspect enter the vehicle and drive it to the Quick Chek located on South New Prospect Road where detectives and patrol officers conducted a stop with the vehicle in the parking lot and took the suspect into custody without incident. They were also assisted by detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
The suspect was identified as Edwin Martinez, age 35 of Philadelphia. He was placed under arrest, processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending an extradition hearing. Detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department responded to headquarters to continue the investigation, which resulted in a search of the suspect’s vehicle and apartment he had been staying at. The search resulted in the seizure of 5 ounces of heroin, over 5 ounces of cocaine and 5 ounces of marijuana. Jackson detectives signed warrant complaints charging the suspect with 1st degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, 1st degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and 3rd degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.