OVPD makes arrests after alleged sale of fake drugs

After an officer recognized a vehicle’s passenger as an individual with a warrant out for their arrest, the Ocean View Police Department this week ended up charging two area residents with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to police, Joseph Deflavis, 33, was known to the department and was spotted travelling as a passenger in the vehicle of 35-year-old Joseph Manetta.

Police followed the vehicle and witnessed a suspected drug deal between Deflavis and another individual who was also taken into custody but has yet to be charged.

“We subsequently found that the cocaine turned out to be fake,” said OVPD Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw. “He was still trying to pull it off as real, so that’s still a crime.”

Bradshaw said that, following their apprehension of Deflavis and Manetta, the department obtained a search warrant for Deflavis’ Creekside home.

“We found some real cocaine, marijuana, needles…”

Deflavis and Manetta were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including maintaining a drug property; manufacture of, delivery of or possession with the intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance; Conspiracy in the Second Degree; two counts of possession; and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bradshaw said both men were released on unsecured bond.