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EHT man just released from prison arrested with loaded handgun in Pleasantville

Darnell Lewis and Gist both have detention hearings set for Thursday.

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Two Egg Harbor Township men with prior gun arrests and a Pleasantville teen were arrested with guns after a car stop Saturday.

Darnell Lewis, 23, failed to stop at a stop sign and was pulled over by Officer Victor Guadalupe in the area of Tilton Road and Garfield Avenue, Capt. Stacey Schlachter said.

Lewis gave consent to search the vehicle, she said. K-9 Officer Officer Korey Crosby found a handgun under the driver’s seat with a high-capacity magazine loaded with hollow-point bullets.

Everyone in the car, including a 16-year-old Pleasantville teen, were then arrested and searched.

Christopher Gist, 22, had a handgun on him that was also fitted with a high-capacity magazine loaded with hollow-point bullets, Schlachter said.

Gist was just released from prison in March after serving a sentence for weapons and assault, records show.

Lewis was a teen when he was arrested with three others in 2017, and charged with possession of two stolen vehicles and stolen weapons.

He pleaded guilty to weapons possession in that case, and was sentenced to three years in prison with one year of parole ineligibility, records show.

It was not clear when he was released. But he had already served almost all of his mandatory minimum at the time of his 2020 sentencing, according to court records.

In Saturday’s incident, Officer Michael Mabkhouti was investigating a stolen vehicle when he saw the vehicle with Gist, Lewis and the teen, Schlachter said.

That vehicle was believed to be in the area to recover the abandoned stolen car, according to the report.

No information was released in relation to the outcome of that case.

Officer Victor Guadalupe pulled them over after seeing Lewis go through the stop sign, according to the report.

Gist and Lewis were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of hollow-point bullets and certain persons not to have weapons, They additionally were charged with possession with intent to distribute after they seized drugs and more than $600 in cash, Schlachter said.

They are in the Atlantic County Justice Facility with detention hearings set for Thursday, according to information released at their first appearances.

The 16-year-old, whose name was not released due to his age, was taken to Harborfields Juvenile Dentention Center.

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