MAYS LANDING – Over the past seven days two Egg Harbor City men pleaded guilty and one defendant was sentenced in connection to a March 16, 2017 motor vehicle stop that resulted in the seizure of firearms and narcotics, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
During the motor vehicle stop, which occurred in Mullica Township and followed an extended narcotics investigation, personnel from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other Federal, State, County and Local Law Enforcement agencies seized seven semi-automatic handguns, more than 120 folds of heroin, handgun magazines and various firearms accessories. Law enforcement officers involved in the stop located seven handguns and multiple magazines inside the vehicle’s trunk, and one loaded semi-automatic Glock inside the passenger compartment of the car.
Monday, April 30, 2018, Kenneth Burrell pleaded guilty to the following charges:
- First degree Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network (24 year prison term, serve 10 ½ years)
- Second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin (8 year prison term) and Community Gun (7 year prison with a 3 ½ period of parole ineligibility)
- Second degree Distribution of Heroin (3 year prison term with a 18 months period of parole ineligibility)
- Fourth degree Hindering Apprehension (18 months prison term)
- Second degree distribution of heroin (10y prison with a 5y period of parole ineligibility) and 4th resisting by flight (18 months prison).
As part of his plea, Kenneth Burrell admitted: In 2017, he directed multiple sales of heroin in Egg Harbor City and possessed a community gun in Mullica Township. In 2016, he hindered his apprehension by giving a false identity to police in Galloway Township; and in 2015 he sold more than half an ounce of heroin in Mullica Township. Regarding the 2017 crimes, Burrell admitted he directed three persons to sell heroin for him, and he took orders and set prices for the heroin being sold. Burrell also admitted that three males in the State of Georgia worked with him to obtain the guns and illegally transport them back to New Jersey. Burrell, who has multiple past convictions, is currently charged under federal indictment for illegal purchase of those firearms in GA. His plea agreement recommends the NJ cases be served concurrently, and permits any sentence imposed by the Federal District Court for the illegal firearms purchase to run concurrent to the NJ sentence.
Also, on Monday, April 30, 2018, Tyshon Nieves, 26, of Egg Harbor City, pleaded guilty to Possession of 70 bags of fentanyl with the Intent to Distribute that substance. The plea recommends a prison sentence of 4 years with a 2 year period of parole ineligibility, but Nieves is permitted to make an application to Drug Treatment Court for a probationary sentence. Nieves was released from custody upon entry of guilty plea and his application to Drug Treatment Court is pending.
Joshua Sims, 19, of Augusta, GA, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of the.40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun located in the interior of the car stopped on March 16, 2017. During the plea, Sims admitted the Glock was a “community gun” that he brought with him from GA, and he said the Glock had been transferred among two or more persons, who engaged in criminal activity while possessing that gun. The plea agreement recommended Sims serve 3 1/2 years in prison with a one-year period of parole ineligibility. On Thursday, April 26 2017, the Court granted Sims’ request for a lesser sentence than stated in the plea agreement. The Court sentenced Sims as if he were a third-degree offender and placed him on probation. Sims received 392 days credit for time served in jail and he was released him from custody.
Of the other defendants charged in conjunction with the March 16th seizure of guns, drugs and ammunition, Scott Dorn, 19, of Egg Harbor City and Leonard Allen, 27, of Egg Harbor City are still unresolved. Scott Dorn was initially released following his March 16th arrest, but then was arrested twice for Possession of heroin with the Intent to Distribute. Following two additional arrests, the Court ordered Dorn detained. Leonard Allen also remains in custody.
In June, Kenneth Burrell, 40, Brian Foster, 19, Leonard D. Allen, 26, Scott Dorn,18, and Tyshon Nieves, 25—all of Egg Harbor City— and Joshua Sims, 18, of Augusta, GA, were named in the indictment on multiple weapons and illegal firearms charges. The State alleges that this drug and gun trafficking organization was led by Burrell.
This case was investigated by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the following agencies:
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
- Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
- Atlantic County Sheriff Office
- Pleasantville Police Department
- Atlantic City Police Department
- Galloway Township Police Department
- Egg Harbor Township Police Department
- Egg Harbor City Police Department
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.