SIX INDIVIDUALS RECEIVE NARCOTICS, WEAPONS CHARGES AFTER INVESTIGATION BY ATLANTIC COUNTY HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA OPERATION


MAYS LANDING – Following a six month long investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the DEA – Atlantic City Residence Office of the Liberty Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), into a narcotics distribution network initiative six individuals have been arrested and charged with narcotics and weapons offenses, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

“The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is grateful for the resources that are available to our community through our membership in the Liberty Atlantic HIDTA. Collaborating with the DEA and other local law enforcement agencies gives us a force multiplier in our efforts to reduce the amount of guns and drugs in our community. Our goal is to disrupt the criminal activity at a higher level, before it ever reaches our streets. Thank you to all of our partners,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

On July 2, 2019, the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA, Atlantic County Division, executed six search warrants in Atlantic City, NJ and one in Lindenwold, NJ. The search warrants were the culmination of a six month investigation by the Atlantic County HIDTA into a narcotics distribution network.

Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson said, “This was a very successful operation. Any time we can take people off the street involved in drugs and weapons is a benefit to the community. This type of investigation is why Atlantic County is part of the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships.”

During the course of the investigation the following items were recovered:

 

  • Approximately 2,890 bags of heroin
  • 3 pounds of marijuana
  • 4 handguns
  • Extended handgun magazines
  • Various firearm ammunition
  • A large amount of United States Currency was seized along with several vehicles utilized during the commission of the crimes

The following individuals were charged and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility:

 

Felix Beltran Sr., 38:

 

  • 2C: 39-4.1A- ( Three Counts) Possession of a firearm during the commission of a narcotics violation, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-4A(2)- (Two Counts) Possession of a community gun, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-39-3J- Possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine, 4th Degree
  • 2C: 39-7A- Possession of a stolen firearm, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-5A(1)- (Two Counts) Possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-7- (Two Counts) Possession of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school zone, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 5-2(A)- (Three Counts) Conspiracy, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of marijuana, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree

 

Kenneth Thompson Jr., 20:

 

  • 2C: 39-4.1A- ( Three Counts) Possession of a firearm during the commission of a narcotics violation, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-4A(2)- (Two Counts) Possession of a community gun, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-39-3J- Possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine, 4th Degree
  • 2C: 39-7A- Possession of a stolen firearm, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-5A(1)- (Two Counts) Possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-7- (Two Counts) Possession of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school zone, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 5-2(A)- (Three Counts) Conspiracy, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of marijuana, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree

 

 

Felix Beltran Jr., 21:

 

  • 2C: 39-4.1A- ( Three Counts) Possession of a firearm during the commission of a narcotics violation, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-4A(2)- (Two Counts) Possession of a community gun, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-39-3J- Possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine, 4th Degree
  • 2C: 39-7A- Possession of a stolen firearm, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-5A(1)- (Two Counts) Possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-7- (Two Counts) Possession of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school zone, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 5-2(A)- (Three Counts) Conspiracy, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of marijuana, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree

 

Eric Williams, 21:

 

  • 2C: 39-4.1A- ( Three Counts) Possession of a firearm during the commission of a narcotics violation, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-4A(2)- (Two Counts) Possession of a community gun, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 39-39-3J- Possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine, 4th Degree
  • 2C: 39-7A- Possession of a stolen firearm, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-5A(1)- (Two Counts) Possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-7- (Two Counts) Possession of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school zone, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 5-2(A)- (Three Counts) Conspiracy, 2nd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of marijuana, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(1)- Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree

 

The following individuals were charged on a summons and released:

 

Chinkume Cannon, 37:

 

  • 2C: 35-5B(11)- Possesion of marijuana with the intent to distribute, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-10A(3)- Possession of marijuana, 4th degree

2C: 5-2A(1)- Conspiracy to distribute marijuana, 3rd degree

 

Kareem Ellerbee, 21:

 

  • 2C:35-10A(1)- Possession of heroin, 3rd Degree
  • 2C: 35-5A(1)- Distribution of heroin, 3rd degree

The following agencies assisted with the execution of the search warrants:

  • Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Atlantic City Police Department (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Egg Harbor Township Police Department (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Galloway Township Police Department (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Hamilton Township Police Department (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Pleasantville Police Department (Participating HIDTA Agency)
  • Linwood Police Department
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Atlantic City SWAT Team
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Brigantine Police Department
  • Cape May County SWAT Team

 

***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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