A Pleasantville man who police said had guns and more than $140,000 in drugs in his shed was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
Terrance Harris, 39, will have to serve three years before he is eligible for parole.
A joint investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations led to his arrest last year, when then-Attorney General Christopher Porrino called him “a significant distributor of heroin in the Atlantic City area.”
Investigators seized guns, and a kilogram each of heroin and cocaine in the bust.
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. There was also a separate methamphetamine case against him out of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, which resulted in a concurrent 10-year sentence.
Investigators arranged multiple controlled purchases of heroin from Harris during the investigation.
On June 2, 2017, a small amount of heroin was found during a vehicle stop in Pleasantville.
A subsequent search of a shed in his yard resulted in the seizure of a stolen 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a .223-caliber rifle with laser sight. There was also more than a kilogram of heroin, consisting of about 7,900 stamped wax folds with a half-dozen different brand stamps and some unpackaged heroin. More than a kilogram of cocaine with suspect powder-cutting agents, mixing utensils, scales and $7,465 in cash was also found.
The heroin had a street value of about $100,000 and the cocaine was worth more than $40,000, authorities said.
Pleasantville man allegedly had kilo each of heroin and cocaine in his shed – BreakingAC
A “substantial heroin dealer” in the Atlantic City-Pleasantville area allegedly had guns and more than $140,000 worth of drugs in his shed, Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced. Terrance Harris, 37, of Pleasantville, was arrested Friday during a car stop that was the result of a long-term investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force. Harris had a small amount of heroin in the vehicle, which a Pleasantville K-9 dog alerted officers about, according to the report.
“Thanks to the proactive and collaborative work of the Atlantic City Task Force and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, we have put this significant narcotics distributor behind bars,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “In addition to fueling the opioid epidemic and other forms of addiction, Harris was dealing in deadly illegal weapons, as evidenced by the guns seized. We have made our communities in the Atlantic City area safer by putting this dangerous drug dealer in prison.”
The significant prison sentence was also a victory, said Division of Criminal Justice Director Veronica Allende.
“The task force has locked up hundreds of drug dealers and gun-toting criminals since its formation in 2011, and we will continue to conduct these targeted investigations in collaboration with HSI and our other strong partners,” she said.
“Harris was in the business of bringing violence and these deadly substances into our communities,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, acting superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Heroin erodes communities and ruins lives. I commend the outstanding work of our troopers and partners in the Atlantic City Task Force who worked diligently to ensure this prison sentence.”
The Atlantic City Task Force includes the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, State Parole Board, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic City Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Little Egg Harbor Township Police, Brigantine Police and Pleasantville Police.
Grewal commended the members of the Atlantic City Task Force and the special agents of HSI Cherry Hill, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Richard Reinhold, who worked on the investigation. Detective Dennis Quinn of the New Jersey State Police Atlantic City Metro Task Force Unit was the lead detective on the case for the Atlantic City Task Force.