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Two Atlantic City men arrested with 628 bags of heroin

Atlantic City police arrested two men and seized 628 bags of heroin after residents’ complaints. Special Investigations Section Sgts. Richard Andrews and Daniel Corcoran initiated a surveillance operation in the south block of Iowa Avenue, after complaints about narcotic activity. The sergeants observed Gary Jones loitering on Iowa Avenue for a period of time and then leave in a vehicle. Jones was followed to the 800 block of New Hampshire Avenue where he engaged in
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Detention hearings held for two of three alleged drug-traffickers

One of three men who allegedly brought more than $1 million worth of street drugs to Atlantic City will be held pending trial. Steven Torres, Steven Rodriguez and Edwin Gomez are accused of being part of a drug-trafficking ring that brought large quantities of drugs from Mexico to New York and then to Atlantic City. The three were arrested last week in a parking lot on St. James Place in Atlantic City, where they were
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Three arrested allegedly bringing $1 million worth of heroin into Atlantic City

Three men allegedly trafficking large amounts of heroin into Atlantic City were arrested last week with about 3½ kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin. The approximately $300,000 worth of drugs could have sold on the street for more than $1 million, once packaged, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said. An investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force and its partner agencies found the organization was transporting heroin from Mexico to the New York City area, and into Atlantic
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Pleasantville drug bust goes beyond one arrest, chief says

A recent Pleasantville drug arrest meant more than just one person jailed to residents and police, the city’s chief said. Instead, it pointed out how close the dangers of drugs are to the innocent in the community. After a month-long investigation, the home on the 300 block of West Washington Avenue was raided at about 3 a.m. Monday. Inside, police found alleged drug dealer Jerome Mace, along with 350 wax paper folds believed to contain
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Atlantic County sees huge increase in drug-related deaths

Drug-related deaths have seen a 64 percent increase so far this year after nearly doubling last year, preliminary numbers show. Because toxicology tests can take months to come back, the official results for last year are not yet available. But so far, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed 140 overdose deaths last year. There were 77 in 2014, according to the office. Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner attributed some of the increase to the
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Pleasantville man allegedly had kilo each of heroin and cocaine in his shed

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.
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Drugs deaths hit record in 2016, NY Times study finds

Drugs are more deadly than ever before, the New York Times reported. More than 59,000 people are believed to have died by drugs in 2016, when 52,404 people died, according to the report. But the number could be as high as 65,000. The deaths are more than those who died from HIV at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. Because it takes time for drug deaths to be officially determined, the Centers for
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Atlantic City police arrest 12 in drug probe

On June 1, 2017, the Special Investigations Section and Tactical Operations Unit conducted a surveillance operation in response to complaints from the community and business owners regarding narcotic distribution. The operation was a part of our continued effort to combat the distribution of narcotics along Atlantic Avenue. Ten people were arrested for either possessing or distributing heroin. The surveillance efforts were led by Officer Ermindo Marsini. ARRESTED: Deborah Iwanski, 51, of Atlantic City. CHARGES: Possession
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Doctors acting as drug dealers are focus of AG’s new tipline

The opiate and heroin epidemic got much of its start in doctors’ offices. “I was surprised to see that doctors, at times, are at the root of the problem,” Criminal Justice Director Elie Honig told BreakingAC last month. “You see a doctor as a responsible authority figure, but some are functioning as pill mills, indiscriminately prescribing opiates.” Now, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino is asking for the public to help find these doctors, and put
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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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