MAYS LANDING— Two men were sentenced to New Jersey state prison on Friday, August 2, 2019, co-defendants Ameer Stephens and Diaab Siddiq (aka “Marshall Davis) were sentenced on charges in connection with a county-wide drug distribution network, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Judge Patricia Wild sentenced Ameer Stephens, 38, Mays Landing, to 24 years New Jersey State Prison with 10 ½ years of parole ineligibility on charges of first-degree Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network and second-degree Convicted Person Not to Possess a Handgun.
Presiding Judge Bernard DeLury sentenced Diaab Siddiq (aka “Marshall Davis”), 50, Atlantic City, to 12 years New Jersey State Prison with 8 years of parole ineligibility on charges of first-degree Production Facility, second-degree Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, second-degree Convicted Person Not to Possess a Handgun, and third-degree Money Laundering.
Stephens was arrested on July 7, 2016, when detectives, police officers, and agents simultaneously executed 19 search warrants for residences and commercial properties in Atlantic City, Galloway Township, Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton and Pleasantville. These search warrants resulted in the seizure of 12,225 bags of heroin, approximately 8 ounces of raw, unpackaged heroin, 8 ounces of suspected fentanyl, and about 2 pounds of cocaine. Prior investigations connected to the drug raid yielded additional drugs, cash and weapons. In total, 11 vehicles and $155,000 in cash were also seized, along with six handguns were seized. The investigation was part of a joint investigation between the Atlantic City Police Department, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI and New Jersey State Police.
42-defendants were charged in connection with the narcotics trafficking network and both Ameer Stephens and co-defendant, Diaab Siddiq, 48, of Atlantic City, were indicted as Leaders of the Narcotics Trafficking Network. Stephens, who had posted bail in September, 2016, was detained on March 7, 2017 pursuant to Criminal Justice Reform when police discovered a hidden compartment in Stephens’ vehicle containing an illegal handgun and an additional kilo of heroin.
In pleading guilty, Stephens told the court that he acted in capacity of a financier, organizer, supervisor, or manager of other persons in the conspiracy to distribute Heroin and Cocaine throughout Atlantic County in 2016. Stephens also told the court that he illegally possessed a.40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun.
These convictions are the result of a joint investigation of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs Guns and Narcotics Unit, Atlantic City Police Department, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Department of Treasury Division of Taxation Office of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
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 http://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.