MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment against a Pleasantville man for first degree narcotics distribution charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Eric Paige, 42, has been indicted on the following charges:
Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine (1st degree)
Possession of cocaine (3rd degree)
Money laundering (3rd degree)
“I would like to applaud the collaborative efforts of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the DEA, and the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA Task force throughout this investigation. We are all committed to reducing the trafficking of illegal drugs in Atlantic County and the violence associated with it,” Prosecutor Tyner said.
On March 12, 2020 members of the Atlantic County HIDTA Task Force, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, & Narcotics Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department executed multiple search warrants at Paige’s Pleasantville residence, storage units, and vehicles after he was taken into custody in connection with a narcotics investigation. Detectives recovered approximately 9.6 ounces of cocaine along with narcotic packaging and distribution materials. As a result of the investigation detectives also seized $66,424 and Paige’s BMW X5. Paige was arrested and charged.
“Every drug dealer taken off the streets makes a community safer,” said Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New Jersey Division. “Drug trafficking and violence go hand in hand, and it is our mission at the DEA to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to pursue those who pose the greatest risk to our residents.”
Paige is in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Erik Bergman represents the state.
***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. ***
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.