Distribution of Narcotics on the Atlantic City Boardwalk


MAYS LANDING, NJ – In early September of 2022, the Atlantic City Police Department, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and Atlantic County HIDTA Task Force initiated an investigation into the distribution of narcotics on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. This multiagency investigation was conducted over a period of three days at various times of the day and night. At the conclusion of the investigation, ten individuals were charged with various narcotic related offenses to include: narcotics possession, narcotics distribution, narcotics distribution within 500 feet of a public zone, the unlawful possession of a firearm, and the unlawful possession of hollow point ammunition.

In addition to the above charges, the State will be applying for a Drug Offender Restraining Order (DORO) against these individuals pertaining to the Atlantic City Boardwalk and surrounding areas.

Seized pursuant to this investigation were various quantities of suspected cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, over 11 lbs. of marijuana, and a loaded .22 caliber handgun containing hollow point bullets.

The following were charged pursuant to the investigation:

Ralph Davis, 24, Delanco, NJ (No Photo)

  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (3rd Degree).

Kasheem Marshall, 47, Newark, NJ (No Photo)

  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (3rd Degree).

Robert McCollum, 44, Piscataway, NJ (No Photo)

  • 2C:35-10(a)(1) – Possession of CDS (3rd Degree).
  • 2C:35-5(b)(1) – Distribution of CDS (3rd Degree).
  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a public zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (2nd Degree).

Phillip Love, 40, Atlantic City, NJ

2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (3rd Degree).

    Phillip Love

Demetrius Bowman, 31, Philadelphia, PA (No Photo)

  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City
    Boardwalk (3rd Degree).

Tre Visco, 28, Brigantine, NJ

  • 2C:39-5(b)1 – Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-5a(10)(b) – Distribution of CDS (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-5j – Person Prohibited to Possess a Firearm (1st Degree).
  • 2C-39-4.1a – Possession of a Firearm During a CDS Offense (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-3f(1) – Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition (4th Degree).
  • 2C:36-2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DP Offense).
     Tre Visco

Jamar Avril, 19, Atlantic City, NJ

  • 2C:39-5(b)1 – Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-5a(10)(b) – Distribution of CDS (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-5j – Person Prohibited to Possess a Firearm (1st Degree).
  • 2C-39-4.1a – Possession of a Firearm During a CDS Offense (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-3f(1) – Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition (4th Degree).
  • 2C:36-2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DP Offense).
   Jamar Avril

Gabriel Santos, 20, Brigantine, NJ

  • 2C:39-5(b)1 – Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:35-5a(10)(b) – Distribution of CDS (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-5j – Person Prohibited to Possess a Firearm (1st Degree).
  • 2C-39-4.1a – Possession of a Firearm During a CDS Offense (2nd Degree).
  • 2C:39-3f(1) – Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition (4th Degree).
  • 2C:36-2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DP Offense)
    Gabriel Santos

Beth Rhody, 38, Atlantic City, NJ

  • 2C:35-10a(1) – Possession of CDS (3rd Degree).
  • 2C 35-5a(1) – Distribution of CDS (3rd Degree).
  • 2C 35-7.1a – Distribution within 500 feet of a Public Zone, specifically the Atlantic City Boardwalk (2nd Degree).
     Beth Rhody

Joseph Hackney, 30, Pennsauken, NJ

  • 2C:20-3(a) – Theft of Moveable Property over $500 (4th Degree).
   Joseph Hackney

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or anonymously at the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/. 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.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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