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Couple arrested in EHT motel with variety of drugs, police say

More than love was going on at the Inn of the Dove, according to police. When officers from the Egg Harbor Township, Brigantine and Atlantic County SWAT searched a couple’s hotel room Wednesday morning, they allegedly found a variety of drugs, packaging equipment and cash. There were 150 individually packaged wax packets of suspected heroin, a quantity of suspected cocaine, prescription drugs and marijuana inside the room, police said. They also found empty wax folds used
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Ventnor program looks to bring community action to drug epidemic fight

Doug Biagi began Ventnor’s DARE program decades ago. But while Drug Abuse Resistance Education meant well — and the now-police chief was one of its biggest supporters — he admits it wasn’t enough. He watched as his officers were called to overdoses of former students. He attended their funerals. “You take it personally,” he said Saturday at Ventnor’s first Community Action meeting. The event was the brainchild of Paula Maccagnano who wants to turn the
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Purdue Pharma marketed itself into billions — and NJ into an opioid crisis, lawsuit claims

A pharmaceutical company’s push to boost profits help push the state into an opioid crisis, according to a five-count lawsuit filed by N.J. Attorney General Christopher Porrino. Purdue Pharma L.P. manipulated the public and the medical community to see pain as something that was undertreated and the opioids were the first-line solution for patients with chronic conditions such as back pain, migraines and arthritis, the 100-page complaint charges. “When we point the finger of blame
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Atlantic City man arrested on first-degree drug charges

An Atlantic City man was arrested on first-degree drug charges after he allegedly sold more than 5 ounces of cocaine during a three-month investigation, police said. Knocumus Dixon, 27, also had nearly an ounce of cocaine in his residence along with packaging materials at the time of his arrest in the first block of North Pennsylvania Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Members of the department’s Special Investigations Section got a warrant to search the residence
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Middle Township man charged in Cape overdose death

A Middle Township man is charged in the overdose death of another Cape May County man this week. Sonny Sinnerard, 23, was found dead at a home in the township’s Burleigh section Wednesday, after police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive male. A joint investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Middle Township Detective Bureau found that Daniel Osmundsen sold Sinnerard the suspected heroin early that morning,
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Three Hammonton men indicted on drug and gun charges

Three Hammonton men were indicted this week on drug and gun charges. On Aug. 3, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Guns Gangs and Narcotics Unit found cocaine, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a .32-caliber revolver during a search of a residence and a building, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Juvenal Duran-Almanza, 29, was at the one residence, while Moises Duran-Almanza, 38, was inside the building, Tyner said. Cocaine in excess of 5 ounces
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Hammonton man arrested in drug raid

A Hammonton man was arrested for drug distribution last week, after a raid at his home. Quanell Still, 28, was arrested Friday by Hammonton police and detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. he was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution, distribution in a school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a summons. Still pleaded guilty in 2014 to theft by unlawful taking, court records show. He was
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Atlantic City man sentenced to 10 years as distributor in drug-trafficking conspiracy

An Atlantic City was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Friday for his role in trafficking more than 100 kilograms of cocaine using residences in Pleasantville and Absecon. Kabaka Atiba, also known as Clarence Nixon, 47, previously pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle sentenced him to 120 months in prison in Camden Federal Court. Atiba’s half-brother, Tozine Tiller, 43, of Absecon, and others, supplied
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Hammonton cousins allegedly had $100,000 worth of meth

Two Hammonton men were among three arrested in possession of a pound of methamphetamine on Wednesday. The drug has a street value of about $100,000. Benigno Ramirez, 37, and his cousin Salathiel Ramirez, 38, were arrested in Clayton, Gloucester County as part of a cooperative investigation between the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Clayton Police Department, according to a release from the Prosecutor’s Office. A Pittman Police
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‘It was a sense of relief knowing he won’t kill anyone else’s family member’

Mother of overdose victim glad dealer facing charges Dawn Freeman only learned her son had been using heroin in October. By Dec. 10, he was dead. Joey Robinson was just 27 when he took a fatal dose that contained fentanyl, according to charges against the man who sold it to him. “He assured us he had it under control,” Freeman said of her son’s heroin use. “We never experienced anything like this before and now
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