Brick Cops Arrest Two In Target Parking Lot Drug Deal

Two Brick residents facing charges

Mark A. Bartolotti (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Mark A. Bartolotti (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Brick police arrested two township residents after members of the department's Drug Enforcement Unit spotted what was described as a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction happening in the parking lot of the Route 70 Target store.

The unit was conducting a surveillance operation in the parking lot at about 3:30 p.m. March 14 when they saw the alleged drug deal take place between two men, said Sgt. Henry Drew.

Officers approached the men and identified themselves as police officers, at which point one of the men fled on foot, Drew said.

That man, identified as Mark A. Bartolotti, 26, of Duquesne Boulevard, was apprehended after a short foot chase by Detective Brian Lash.

Police found him to be in possession of 28 Roxicet pills, Drew said. Bartolotti was transported to Brick Police headquarters for processing.

The other man, identified as Leonard C. Genna, 52, or Dorothy Place, was placed into custody and transported to Brick Police Headquarters for processing.

Bartolotti is facing charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting arrest, and obstructing justice. Bail was set at $10,000 cash by Municipal Court Judge Robert Lepore.

Genna was charged with Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.  Bail was set by the Lepore at $25,000 cash.

Both men were transported to the Ocean County Jail. 

Additionally, $400 and a 2010 Subaru Legacy were seized as being used in the narcotics transaction, Drew said. 

Detective Sergeant Joseph Forrester, Detective Brian Lash, and Detective Jason Shepherd all participated in the arrests.

A photo of Genna was not available.
George Murphy April 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Maple Leaf? Why I don't even live near Brick and I know what Maple Leaf is!!! Not a great rep ~ it will take a massive project to be set into place, to get that show on the road. Good luck, is all I can say.
Melinda Murray April 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Most of Maple leaf are rented units. According to the ocean county prosecutor he isn't going after landlords. I wish they would. Then the landlord may be more careful of who they rent to.
disgusted homeowner April 14, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Guess these 2 "gems" didn't like what's on sale this week in the target circular. This never happens in the kmart parking lot. But then again there's never anyone over there anymore.......
Ken Hildebrandt April 15, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Meanwhile our troops guard poppy fields in Afghanistan, where production is at its peak since the Taliban eradicated production in, guess what year, 2001. What a coincidence huh? The founders of this nation, flaws and all, would be disgusted, as am I, as well as LEAP. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. My hat's off to Robert J. Meyer who has the courage to tell the truth and openly proclaim who he is, unlike the cowardly WMS. Whom do you think Jefferson would've sided with?
BoroTaxPayer April 15, 2014 at 05:21 PM
WMS is the most well informed person on the planet, just ask him!! FOX news never tells a lie.


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