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Texas men sentenced in trafficking of $230,000 worth of cocaine to Atlantic City

Two Texas men caught bringing five kilograms of cocaine into Atlantic City were sentenced to prison Friday. Esiquio Salgado, 34, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, with five years of parole ineligibility. Cristano Ramirez, 31, received a 10-year term, with three years without parole. Both men pleaded guilty in June to first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Salgado and Ramirez were arrested in October, after an investigation by the Atlantic City
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‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

Tracy Smith had to take a breath. “Too many names,” she said, reading from a list of those lost to drug overdoses. The founder of Speakers for Change — a group inspired by her daughter’s battle with addiction — stood on a stage on the beach behind the Ventnor Community Library reading the names as Mike McGaffney rang a bell after each one. The event marked International Overdose Day, bringing awareness to the hundreds lost
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Overdose Awareness events in Ventnor on Thursday

Free narcan training and a remembrance event will mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Ventnor on Thursday. The day is meant to raise awareness along with reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. Anyone looking to learn how to administer naloxone — which can reverse the affects of an opiate overdose — is invited to the Ventnor Community Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., a remembrance will be held on the beach
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Egg Harbor Township man charged in 2016 overdose death

A man arrested at an Atlantic City motel Tuesday morning is charged with strict liability drug-induced death for the overdose death of an Egg Harbor Township man last year. Jamal Campos, 26, is also charged with being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced Tuesday night. Campos was arrested after multiple agencies searched the 80 rooms of the Bayview Inn & Suites, which was heavility damaged during Hurricane Sandy. An
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Mom looking for answers after 13-year-old son dies of overdose

Jamie Lund has a lot of questions. The Rio Grande woman lost her 13-year-old son in June. A medical examiner’s report now tells her it was drugs. Vincent Weiner died June 4 in Middle Township as “a direct result of a deadly mixture of heroin mixed with fentanyl,” Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor wrote in a news release. Lund told BreakingAC she didn’t believe her son ever used drugs before. “Maybe he had used
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Recovery Force finding new way to help in addiction battle

When prescription drugs led to his younger brother’s death three years ago, Robert Catalano Jr. was surprised at how behind Atlantic County was in treating addiction. The clinical psychologist and Holy Spirit graduate had worked in the field for years in Pennsylvania. He even battled his own addiction to alcohol and cocaine. There are few alternatives for those seeking treatment. Beds are full. Local hospitals offer detox programs but they’re only three days. That’s enough
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Anonymous text leads to drug and gun arrest in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s tip411 led to 468 bags of heroin, a handgun and a ballistic vest. Terrence Collier was arrested when detectives of the Special Investigation Section searched a home on the 900 block of North Carolina Avenue, following a tip about drug activity. The message was sent through the tip411, which allows people to text information to 847411 (tip411) anonymously by beginning the text with ACPD. The investigation by Detective Garry Stowe led to discovery
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Man needs drug overdose antidote after causing two crashes in Atlantic City

A Connecticut man was charged with multiple driving offenses, including driving under the influence after crashing into the steps of the McDonald Express. Daniel Thompson, 27, of Fairfield, Conn., had to be given naloxone — used to reverse the affects of opiates — after he crashed his car in the 1500 block of Atlantic Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He was revived by ambulance personnel and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Division for
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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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