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Three arrested in drug investigation targeting two Atlantic City residences

Two search warrants led to three arrests, drugs and a handgun Friday morning in Atlantic City. The Vice Unit and SWAT teams searched the Fox Manor Motel on Pacific Avenue and a residence in the 600 block of South Drive in the city’s Chelsea Heights section, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The investigation was sparked by resident complaints of drug distribution in those areas. Isiah Fields, 19, and Chelsea Ritzel, 24, were arrested at Fox Manor. Fields
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Atlantic County has four overdose deaths, thousands in drug seizures in one week

Four families lost loved ones to drug overdoses, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced Thursday. There are several investigations into the deaths related to heroin and/or fentanyl, and have been arrests, Tyner said. The names are being withheld at this time. He also pointed out that it was a week that saw thousands of bags of heroin taken off the streets in arrests in Linwood, Northfield and Atlantic City. The street value of the approximately
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State handling drug epidemic from all sides, Criminal Justice director says

Two California truck drivers in court Friday for trafficking millions of dollars in drugs through New Jersey Interstate 78 are just part of how the state is cracking down on the growing drug epidemic. “I don’t think the solution solely relies on law enforcement and arrests,” said Elie Honig, director of the state Division of Criminal Justice. “It’s vital that we address rehabilitation and treatment needs on the demand side,” Honig said in an interview with BreakingAC.
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Trucker pleads guilty in NJSP seizure of 64 kilos of heroin

A California truck driver who New Jersey State Police found trafficking 74 kilograms of drugs on a Warren County highway pleaded guilty Friday. Henry Cruz Ventura, 40, of Los Angeles, will face 10 years in state prison when he is sentenced June 23, after pleading guilty to first-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Ventura was arrested Aug. 23, after a routine commercial vehicle safety inspection resulted in troopers finding 64 kilograms of heroin
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Two searches of Linwood man’s home recover 4,000 bags of heroin, police say

A Linwood man was arrested twice within five days after police allegedly found about 4,000 bags of heroin and prescription drugs during two searches of his home. Richard Roycroft, 30, was released on a summons after he was arrested April 27, when an investigation led to a search of his home. The investigation was a joint effort between Linwood police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, along with police from Brigantine, Egg Harbor
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Atlantic City man wanted on warrants arrested with cocaine, police say

An Atlantic City man wanted on several warrants was arrested Wednesday with an ounce of cocaine, police said. John Field was the passenger in a car stopped at about 12:45 p.m., when Detective William Warner and others from the Vice Unit were conducting a narcotics investigation in the 600 block of Albany Avenue. Field, 25, was arrested on several outstanding contempt of court warrants, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He was also found with an ounce
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Atlantic City police find more than pound of marijuana during car stop

Two Atlantic City men were arrested after police found a pound of marijuana during a car stop Friday. Michael Williams Jr., 30, was stopped for several driving violations at about 6:50 p.m. on the Atlantic City Connector, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. As Officers Christopher Dodson and Shayne Dugan approached the car, they smelled raw, unburned marijuana and air freshener, which is often used to mask the smell of drugs, Fair said. Williams and his passenger,
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Organ donation gives hope to Somers Point family after loss to addiction

Vincent Battipaglia’s family feared his addiction would take his life. But after the worst happened this past October, they found something to give them hope, they said Friday. The 27-year-old Somers Point man’s organs helped save two others people’s lives. The family was honored yesterday during a ceremony for the Gift of Life Donor Program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus. The hospital is one of 131 in the South Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware region that
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Former EHT man accused of smuggling misbranded drugs, dispensing without prescription

A former Egg Harbor Township man is accused of smuggling misbranded drugs into the county and dispensing them without a valid prescription. Marc Merwin Snyder, 64, is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday, acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. He is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of smuggling of misbranded drugs, one count of receipt and delivery of misbranded drugs, four counts of misbranding by dispensing prescription drugs without a valid
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Parents’ grief turns to help for others in year after son’s overdose death

After their son died of a heroin overdose last year, Bill and Tammy Schmincke knew they had to do something to help others avoid their heartbreak. Stop the Heroin began as a way to honor their son Steven, found dead in his daughter’s bedroom inside his parent’s Egg Harbor Township home at just 26.  In the year since there have been lots of tears. His parents, like the growing number who have lost children to
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