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Accidental gunshot leads to drugs and gun arrests in EHT

An accidental gunshot led to drugs, guns and two arrests Monday morning in Egg Harbor Township.
Police were called to Oxford Village in the township’s Farmington section at about 11:26 a.m.,  after a resident heard a loud pop and saw a small hole in the floor, police said.
Responding officers confirmed the hole was from a gunshot, and cleared the residence, according to the report.
The investigation found that Nicholas Minella, 19, of Pleasantville, was handling the firearm near his head when it went off. 
There were no significant injuries, police said.
The investigation also led to two search warrants.
Police seized two handguns, 36 pounds of suspected marijuana, a pound of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, more than 800 suspected “THC” edibles and extracts, two ounces of suspected cocaine, various pills, drug-packaging materials and $17,384 in cash.
Minella and Gabriel Vega, also 19, of Egg Harbor Township, were both arrested on weapons and drug offenses.
Both were taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

NOTE: The Atlantic County Justice Facility no longer provides mugshots to the media, citing the Atlantic County prosecutor’s order. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s part of the Attorney General’s Guidelines. There is no such guideline, according to the Attorney General’s Office, but they have recommended that these offices not release any photos that appear to be mugshots.

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