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Recovery community comes together to find solutions for Atlantic County

In Atlantic County, everyone, it seems has an addiction story. “There’s no stranger to it,” Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler said. “There’s no boundaries.” But there have been obstacles. Those in recovery — and their loved ones — know better than anyone. Community members came together Thursday at Mainland Regional High School for Empowering the Recovery Community to Impact Change. Leaders in the community spoke of the struggles and what’s available. But they also had
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Pair wanted for allegedly running drug-facility out of Brigantine home

A man and woman are wanted for allegedly running a drug-distribution facility out of a Brigantine home. More than $150,000 worth of drugs were recovered in two separate investigations into drug-distribution facilities led jointly by Atlantic City police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. An Absecon man is in custody for allegedly running a drug-distribution facility out of his home. On Jan. 2, officers found 6,400 bags of heroin, 210 grams of cocaine and
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Group to discuss danger of legalizing marijuana

What would legalizing marijuana mean for New Jersey? While it’s been discussed as a potential money-maker, Join Together Atlantic County has a different take. On Thursday, the Atlantic County substance misuse prevention coalition and Atlantic Prevention Resources will host an event discussing the legalization of marijuana. Keynote speaker Ed Shemelya is national coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative, responsible for assisting and improving the capabilities of the 32 high-intensity drug-trafficking areas nationwide. The event is
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Atlantic City drug-production facility allegedly included their own stamps

Two Atlantic City cousins had a full-service drug-production facility that included their own stamp, according to charges by the state. Ahmad Williams was ordered held pending trial Thursday, after a judge heard some of the evidence against him. “I believe that the defendant is a significant danger to the community,” Superior Court Judge Benjamin Podolnick said, going against the public safety assessment recommendation for release with conditions. Williams, 23, had been on probation seven months
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Atlantic County gets first training for certified peer recovery specialists

Recovery Force of Atlantic County is the first in the state now licensed to train credentialed peer specialists. The Brigantine-based center founded by Robert Catalano Jr., has partnered with the Hansen Foundation to form what it called “the premier model” for recovery support success. “Developing a complete recovery community and workforce of peers with lived experience is the only way to create a long-term model that keeps treatment where it is but surrounds it with
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Atlantic City police arrest two, recover 5,200 bags of heroin

More than 5,200 bags of heroin were recovered and two Atlantic City men arrested after tips from concerned residents led police to the 1300 block of Baltic Avenue. Detectives Brian Hambrecht and Will Herrerias on Friday stopped two men who were leaving a motor vehicle as a part of an investigation into these tips, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The driver, Michael Stewart, 58, was found in possession of seven bricks of heroin, or 350 individual
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Atlantic City cousins charged with running drug-distribution facility

Two Atlantic City cousins are charged with maintaining and operating a drug production facility after investigators seized more than 1,000 bags of heroin and nearly 4 grams of unbagged heroin from inside their residence. Ahmaad Williams, 23, and Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 20, were arrested after members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, and the Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team searched the home at 810 N. Maryland Ave. on Monday, Atlantic County
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Narcan training grows as overdoses increase

Mike McGaffney just remembers feeling helpless. Giving out sandwiches and water in Atlantic City’s Brown’s Park in March 2016, he remembers several people lined up by the fence using drugs. Then, one man overdosed. While he was giving CPR he heard someone saying, “Use Narcan.” But he didn’t have any. He never let that happen again. McGaffney is one of several locals who carry the opioid antidote naloxone with them, just in case. It’s a
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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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