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EHT family allegedly led drug ring involving Essex County doctor

An Egg Harbor Township family allegedly led an Atlantic County drug ring fueled by oxycodone prescriptions from a North Jersey doctor. Mary Connolly, her ex-husband, Douglas Patterson, and 28-year-old daughter, Lauren Connolly, were the ringleaders, according to Attorney General Christopher Porrino. Connolly’s son, 31-year-old Robert Connolly of Galloway Township, also was among 17 people charged. An 18th person — Connolly’s 33-year-old son, Michael also of Galloway — is charged with third-degree obtaining narcotics by fraud.
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Two arrested after drugs seized in Pleasantville car stop

Two men were arrested Saturday after a K-9 dog sniffed out drugs during a motor-vehicle stop. Officers Girard Tell and Ryan VanSyckle stopped the car around 610 Noah’s Road, and asked for K-9 Sgt. David Aristizabal to come with his partner, Dozer, Capt. Matt Hartman said. Dozer made a positive indication that drugs were in the car, according to the report. They found 8 ounces of cocaine and 128 bags of heroin, Hartman said. They
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Ventnor police get first save just hours after begin carrying naloxone

Just hours after Ventnor police began carrying an overdose antidote, they had their first save Friday. “The ink was still drying on my order and we had our first drug overdose and she’s alive,” Chief Doug Biagi said. “It’s awesome.” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner recently directed all police departments in the county to carry naloxone, known to many as Narcan, which is administered nasally and helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It
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Bridgeton man sentenced to 12 years for trafficking heroin in Atlantic City area

A Bridgeton man who admitted to dealing as much as a half-kilogram of heroin a week in the Atlantic City area was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday. Anthony Martin, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and second-degree possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Martin was arrested during a Dec. 11, 2015, traffic stop as part of an investigation by the Atlantic City Task Force. Inside
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Trucker caught trafficking 64 kilos of heroin on NJ highway gets 10 years in prison

A California truck driver who admitted to trafficking drugs through New Jersey was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Henry Cruz Ventura, 40, of Los Angeles, was arrested Aug. 23, when a trooper found 64 kilograms of heroin during a commercial vehicle safety inspection on a Warren County highway. Ventura pleaded guilty last month to first-degree possession with intent to distribute. Leaders have credited Trooper James Agens with the arrest, after he noticed Ventura acting
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Five arrested for dealing drugs out of Stanley Holmes

Five Atlantic City men were arrested for allegedly dealing drugs in Stanley Holmes . A two-month investigation by Detective Brian Hambrecht resulted in a search of the home on the 300 block of New York Avenue on Friday, across from the village, where the main dealing was allegedly happening. Cocaine and heroin were found inside the residence, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Anthony Hamilton, 31; Nafis Hamilton, 36, and Tarik Hopkins, 35, each space was charged
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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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