A narcotics investigation throughout Salem County came to a dramatic conclusion recently as authorities confiscated five hundred bags of cocaine and arrested nineteen people. After being tipped off by members of the community about two men who were allegedly selling crack to residents in Pennsville and surrounding areas, the Pennsville Police Department and Salem County Prosecutor’s Office discovered that the two men – one from Pennsville, the other from Wilmington – were making daily deliveries of cocaine. After a search warrant was issued, officers discovered hundreds of bags of cocaine and several weapons at the residences of the two men, including rifles and handguns. Authorities have estimated that the cocaine that was seized has an approximate street value of $7,500. They believe that the drugs were stored at the residence in Wilmington, and transported daily to Salem County which sits on the border of Delaware and Southern New Jersey.
The two 26 year old men have been charged with a variety of offenses including conspiracy to distribute over five ounces of cocaine, possession of prescription narcotics, possession of cocaine, and unlawful possession of a handgun. Seventeen additional individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with the sweep, mainly on conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance. Law enforcement officials have said that the investigation is ongoing and that they expect to make additional arrests in the case. The dismantling of this narcotics organization was a joint effort by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
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