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Nearly $850,000 in drugs seized, 31 charged in Ocean County led bust

A street-level drug deal in Ocean County ended up disrupting flow of drugs into seven counties, and the dismantling of nine drug-production facilities, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato announced this week. Thirty-one people have been charged, as authorities seized nearly $850,000 worth of drugs and 20 guns. It was the county’s first investigation as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area partnership, and the largest seizure in terms of drugs, money and scope in
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Former local basketball star arrested with more than 3,300 bags of heroin

A former Atlantic City basketball star arrested on drug and gun charges last year is back in jail after police recovered more than 3,300 bags of heroin. Khalif Toombs, 29, was arrested Wednesday, after an investigation by the city’s Special Investigations Section into drug distribution in the 1300 block of Mediterranean Avenue, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Toombs was seen leaving a residence and making several drug sales. Detectives stopped Toombs and found 60 bags of
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Ten charged in deadly Atlantic County drug-trafficking network

Ten people who allegedly worked for a drug-ring run by an Atlantic City man charged in three drug deaths have been indicted. Five of them are also charged with drug-inducted death strict liability. George Stokes allegedly ran the narcotics-trafficking network that has been linked to the fentanyl-related deaths of Hector Santos, William Ang, and Caroline Boothby, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. “Drug dealers should be aware that if you sell drugs that cause the death of
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Alleged Atlantic City narcotics-trafficking leader indicted in three drug-related deaths

An alleged Atlantic City drug-trafficking leader is charged in the fentanyl-related deaths of three Atlantic County residents. George Stokes, 41, was running a drug-trafficking network that included heroin and fentanyl, according to the charges against him. The business was run out of Atlantic City and Hamilton Township. Hector Santos, William Ang Jr. and Caroline Boothby all died from fentanyl intoxication, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said. Santos died at his Atlantic City home on March 19. Ang,
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Four arrested with cocaine, heroin in Atlantic City

Three women and a man were arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Atlantic City. Warrants simultaneously served at 1609 and 1611 Drexel Place were the result of investigations by Detectives Will Herrerias and Jeff Rivera, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Christopher Weldon and Chelsea Ritzel were arrested were arrested at 1609 Drexel, where 21 grams of cocaine were found, according to the report. Rajeri Curry and Kaytisha Waddell were arrested at 1611 Drexel, where there were
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Car stop leads to 224 grams of crystal meth in Galloway

A man was arrested with 224 grams of crystal meth in his car after fleeing a stop in Galloway Township, police said. An officer tried to pull over Jordan Ragland in the area of Robin Lane and Aloe Street at 2:11 p.m. Sunday, police said. Ragland allegedly tried to flee by driving behind Absecon Mills, where he struck a storage container. He then kept driving and was arrested at the end of Robin Lane, where
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Merchant complaints lead to drugs and gun arrest in Atlantic City

Atlantic City merchant complaints led to two arrests, a loaded gun and drugs, police said. Officers Eric Evans and Kevin Perez conducted surveillance in the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue after business owner complains about drug dealing and possession in the area, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The officers saw a drug sale at 4:42 p.m. Monday, in the entrance of a convenience store on the block, according to the report. After the sale, the two
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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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