Admitted leader of Atlantic County drug-trafficking ring released pending sentencing

An admitted leader of a drug-trafficking ring has been released on an ankle monitor pending sentencing. Ameer Stephens, 36, pleaded guilty last week to a leadership role in a heroin and cocaine ring that resulted in the seizure of more than a half-million dollars’ worth of drugs, including deadly fentanyl. He also admitted that he knew a there was a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle police seized from his Galloway Township home. After
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Two arrested with drugs and gun in Atlantic City

An Atlantic City man with a history of drug and gun charges was arrested with both Tuesday, according to new charges. Special Investigation Section Detectives Brian Hambrecht and Ermindo Marsini were patrolling the beach block of Ocean Avenue just before 10 p.m., in response to residents’ complaints about drugs there, when they became suspicious of two men as they got out of a vehicle, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Alexander Botchway and Christopher Tolbert Jr. were
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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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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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Atlantic City man wanted on warrants arrested with cocaine, police say

An Atlantic City man wanted on several warrants was arrested Wednesday with an ounce of cocaine, police said. John Field was the passenger in a car stopped at about 12:45 p.m., when Detective William Warner and others from the Vice Unit were conducting a narcotics investigation in the 600 block of Albany Avenue. Field, 25, was arrested on several outstanding contempt of court warrants, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. He was also found with an ounce
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Alleged leader of Atlantic County drug- and gun-trafficking ring will be held pending trial

An Egg Harbor City man who faces life in prison as the alleged leader of a drug- and gun-trafficking network will be held pending trial, a judge ruled during a detention hearing Tuesday. Kenneth Burrell, 39, was one of 16 people arrested last week in a multi-agency investigation that led to the seizure of 21 firearms, more than 10,000 bags of heroin and fentanyl, and 10 ounces of cocaine. Under the new bail reform, the
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