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Four charged as part of FBI investigation in Pleasantville

Four people were arrested after a two-month investigation into prostitution, gun and drug activity at a Pleasantville hotel. The FBI Child Exploitation Task and Pleasantville police searched two rooms Wednesday at Homestead Lodge on the Black Horse Pike. Henry Lovest, 41, was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, certain person not to possess a firearm, compelling prostitution and drug offenses. Xena Allen, 22, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and drug offenses. She also
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Third Atlantic County man ordered detained in alleged gang-run gun and drugs case

A third Atlantic County man has been ordered held pending trial in a 97-count guns and drugs case allegedly tied to a local street gang. Tariq Tucker, 26, of Mays Landing, will stay in the Atlantic County Justice Facility until the case is resolved, Superior Court Judge Rodney Cunningham ruled in granting the state’s motion for detention. Co-defendant Isaiah Cooper, 28, of Pleasantville, already was ordered detained. Umar Salahuddin, who along with Cooper is also
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Pleasantville man arrested for guns, drugs two days after car was shot at

A Pleasantville man who said his car was shot at last Monday was arrested two days later after Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detectives allegedly found two guns and more than 400 bags of heroin in his home. Alexander Neewilly, 22, told police Monday he was near the railroad tracks on Devins Lane in Pleasantville when he fled to the NJ Transit Bus Maintenance Yard after his car had been shot at. On Wednesday, detectives from
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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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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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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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Two searches of Linwood man’s home recover 4,000 bags of heroin, police say

A Linwood man was arrested twice within five days after police allegedly found about 4,000 bags of heroin and prescription drugs during two searches of his home. Richard Roycroft, 30, was released on a summons after he was arrested April 27, when an investigation led to a search of his home. The investigation was a joint effort between Linwood police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, along with police from Brigantine, Egg Harbor
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Pleasantville officers look deeper in finding evidence inside vehicles

If Ameer Stephens had just buckled up, he might still be free. But the accused leader of a drug-trafficking ring got pulled over last month for not wearing his seat belt in Pleasantville, where some officers take vehicle searching a little deeper. They would eventually find that a truck seized from Stephens in a half-million drug bust months earlier had been sitting in a police impound lot with undiscovered evidence. Officers Ryan VanSyckle and Girard
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Egg Harbor Township family was growing marijuana in their home, police say

An allegation of stolen power turned into drug charges for an Egg Harbor Township family this week. The basement of the home on the 300 block of Glenn Avenue was being used as a marijuana production facility, Lt. Robert Gray said Thursday. Officers were assisting an Atlantic City Electric investigation into the alleged theft of electricity via a meter bypass when officers the police smelled smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana, Gray said. Evidence suggesting
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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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