MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The owner of the Catalina and Wildwood Park motels has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police responded 211 times to calls at the locations in the past year, confiscating heroin, cocaine and making dozens of arrests, police said.
Dinesh Patel, owner of two motels in the Burleigh section, was charged with two counts of maintaining a nuisance, police Chief Christopher M. Leusner said in a news release.
Patel was not available for comment Thursday.
The township in March passed an ordinance allowing tenants and property owners to be fined if they exceed a certain number of police calls in a 60-day period. Residential properties with fewer than five units are deemed to be excessively using municipal services after calls for five incidents, while all other units are in breach after 10 qualifying calls.
Officials have said the ordinance is in response to the volume of calls at the motels.
“The amount of criminal activity at these motels is disturbing. The residents who reside in the area of these motels have a right to a safe neighborhood and the level of criminal activity is simply not acceptable,” Leusner said.
Police said they responded to Patel’s motels between Jan. 1, 2017, and June 6.
The responses include:
80 various calls for service
47 officer-generated calls for service
35 rescue/911 calls for medical emergencies
13 narcotics investigations/search warrants
12 noise complaints
11 domestic violence calls for service
4 animal complaints
3 warrant arrests
2 death investigations
2 Megan’s Law registrations
1 missing-person investigation
1 drug overdose investigation
Twenty-six people were arrested at the Catalina and Wildwood Park motels between the above dates. The below items were taken as evidence during the narcotics investigations:
853 wax folds containing heroin
14 ounces of marijuana
3 ounces of cocaine and crack cocaine
Suspected PCP, phencyclidine
Prescription pills not prescribed to the arrested people.