MAN, WOMAN CHARGED IN NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION BY HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA (HIDTA) TASK FORCE


MAYS LANDING- A Hammonton man and woman have been charged with drug offenses, following the culmination of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the newly formed High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – Atlantic City Division, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Gene Restuccio
Jessica Paolini

“The resources of the Liberty Atlantic HIDTA, Atlantic City Division offer our area a unique opportunity to reduce the flow of narcotics and ultimately the rate of drug violence. This case represents the first of what we hope to be many in our effort to reduce crime,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

On January 17, 2019, the Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team executed a search warrant on the residence of Gene Restuccio, 65, located at 1011 Reading Avenue in Hammonton. This event was the culmination of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the newly formed High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – Atlantic City Division.

A search of Restuccio’s residence led to the seizure of over one ounce of Crystal Methamphetamine, approximately one pound of Marijuana, drug packaging material, two shotguns (one of which was loaded), and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Restuccio, along with Jessica Paolini, 35, of Pennsauken were taken into custody.

Paolini was charged with the following and released on a summons:

  • Possession of Marijuana (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine with the intent to distribute (2nd degree
  • Conspiracy to Distribute CDS (2nd degree)

Restuccio was charged with the following:

  • Possession of Marijuana (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine (3rd degree)
  • Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine with the intent to distribute (2nd degree)
  • Conspiracy to distribute CDS (2nd degree)
  • Possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense (2nd degree)

Restuccio was lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility and following a detention hearing on Wednesday before Judge Benjamin Podolnick.

This was a joint effort by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, the Hammonton Police Department and members of the Pleasantville Police Department K9 Unit.

Participating HIDTA Atlantic County Agencies

  • Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Galloway Township Police Department
  • Hamilton Township Police Department
  • Atlantic City Police Department
  • Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office
  • DEA
  • Egg Harbor Township Police Department
  • Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department

***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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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.

 

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