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Missing person – Stephen Johnson

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing adult from East Camden.

Stephen Johnson, 46, was reported missing today from his home on the 400 block of Rand Street. He is described as a black male, 6’1”, 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray zip-up sweater and blue jeans. This is the first time he has been reported missing.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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Officers of the Week – Geoffrey Chiumento and Timothy Ramirez

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This week, the Camden County Police Department honors Officers Geoffrey Chiumento and Timothy Ramirez for their excellent police work; they are the department’s Officers of the Week.

Officers Chiumento and Ramirez both graduated from the Camden County Police Academy in June and joined the ranks of the Camden County Police Department. Both serve as members of the Neighborhood Response Team in the city’s 1st District.

On the afternoon of Oct. 22, while on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues in North Camden, the officers received a report about a man in the area of the 600 block of Elm Street brandishing a gun. The officers responded to the area to investigate and quickly located the suspect. The officers were then able to disarm and arrest the suspect who was in possession of a stolen handgun loaded with hollow point bullets. The suspect was charged with several weapons offenses.

“Officers Chiumento and Ramirez acted quickly and decisively to remove a deadly weapon from the community and apprehend this suspect,” said Lt. Felix Rivera.

For their work to make the community safer, Officers Chiumento and Ramirez are recognized as the CCPD Officers of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Gabriel Sommella and Brandon Galloza and Officer Brendan Dylla.

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Drug trafficking network dismantled, 40 people charged

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Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes announced 40 people – including a female Camden County police officer – have been charged in connection with a drug trafficking network accused of distributing heroin and crack cocaine across the South Jersey suburbs.

Arrested by local, state and federal law enforcement officers in raids early Tuesday morning were the network’s alleged leaders: Donyell Calm, 31, Kareem Anderson, 33, and Nathan Ingram, 35, all of Camden.

Five search warrants were executed in Operation Southern District, including three in Camden, one in Haddon Township and one in Williamstown. This led to the seizure of three vehicles, 8,000 bags of heroin, 1,000 bags of crack cocaine, 10 pounds of marijuana, more than $11,000 cash and four firearms, including an automatic rifle. The total street value of the drugs is estimated at $85,000.

The months-long investigation began when the Camden County Police Department alerted the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police that a police officer’s husband was an alleged member of the network.

Camden County Police Officer Ashley Bailey, 28, allegedly accessed confidential information related to targets of this investigation and alerted those suspects to her findings. She also is accused of releasing confidential information given to her during departmental briefings.

Bailey, a Camden resident, is the wife of Edwin Ingram, 30, an alleged member of the network who was arrested and charged with Conspiracy. He is the brother of Nathan Ingram.

Bailey was arrested and charged with Official Misconduct, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Conspiracy and Terroristic Threats.  She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

“It is disheartening to know that former police officer, Ashley Bailey, abused her position of trust by searching for police reports on targets of this investigation and conspired with her husband and other criminal drug traffickers,” said Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson. “Upon learning of her transgression, we immediately notified the County Prosecutor and aggressively assisted in investigating her activities.We hold our personnel to the highest standards and maintain zero tolerance for violations of the public’s trust. Ashley Bailey broke the law and breached her oath to serve and protect the people of Camden, and now she will be held fully accountable for her criminal behavior.”

Nathan Ingram, Calm and Anderson are charged with one count each of Leading a Narcotic Trafficking Network, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Conspiracy.  They face at least 20 years in prison on these charges.

Calm also is facing one count each of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose for an April shooting in Camden. One man was injured in that incident, but survived.

Calm and Anderson are accused of overseeing the Camden City-based operation. The network allegedly supplied heroin and crack cocaine to lower-level dealers in Camden and Atlantic counties.  The drugs also reached buyers in Burlington, Gloucester and Ocean counties.

“Earlier this year, a state task force noted ‘the skyrocketing use of heroin and other opiates has become the number one health care crisis confronting New Jersey,’” said Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo. “Operation Southern District illustrates the need for law enforcement to combat the scourge of heroin not just in the city, but in the suburbs as well.”

Investigators believe the operation engaged in drug sales valued at approximately $1.2 million annually. Calm, in his capacity as a leader of the network, allegedly sold approximately 5,000 bags of heroin and/or cocaine per week.

A fourth defendant, Lawrence Brown, 21, of Camden, faces the same charges as Calm, Anderson and Nathan and remains at large.  He is accused of being a manager and dealer for the network, and was allegedly responsible for collecting money and resupplying the workers. Ingram allegedly acted as Brown’s supervisor.

“Operation Southern District was a great, collaborative success that has stopped drug sales of close to $100,000 per month in Camden County and surrounding communities,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “I would like to commend our troopers and partnering agencies for the outstanding investigation that led to take down of this drug trafficking network and those responsible for running it.”

Nine other alleged members of the organization were charged with one count of Conspiracy. They are Andrew Colavecchio, 28, of Haddon Township; Jason Gazzara, 23, of Williamstown; and Fidel Webb, 26, Montel Lee, 21, Tatiana Timmons, 19, Jermaine Calm, 30, Kevin Williams, 34, and Carlos Gutierrez, 20, and Kyeisha Grant, 21, all of Camden.  All were taken into custody Tuesday with the exception of Gutierrez, Lee and Timmons, who remain at large.

Colavecchio, Gazzara, Lee and Timmons also face one count each of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance.  Additionally, Colavecchio is charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Grant also is charged with one count of Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Facility.

As part of the investigation, 17 drug buyers were previously arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and/or other drug-related offenses.  They are Ryan Wells, 22, Barbara Hewson, 37, and Victoria Woodall, 37, all of Williamstown;  Vanessa Pierson, 33, and James Ahrens, 28, both of Mullica Hill;  Mark Gennovario, 49, and Tina Moore, 45, both of Deptford; Louis Pierce, 28, and Denise Winters, 32, both of Mt. Ephraim; Danna Moody Jones, 36, of Camden;  James Ellis, 52, of Gloucester City;  Carlos Cedeno II, 35, of Barnegat; Michael Napolitano, 33, of Shamong; Carlton Pettit Jr., 25, of Medford; Christina Hopkins, 26, of Browns Mills;  Lucas Thomas, 26, of Westville; and Kristen Robbins, 31, of Deepwater.

Eight other drug buyers were charged in connection with the takedown with Attempting to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance. They are Danny Davis19, and Timothy Bowen, 33, both of Williamstown; Destiny Fraction, 22, of, Lindenwold; Carol Johnson, 62, of Brooklawn; Ashley Whittaker, age not available, Woodstown; Kyle Hubbs, 20, of Gloucester City; Jennifer Adair, 19, of Collings Lakes; and Seth Lawrenson, 20, of Hammonton.

Prosecutor Colalillo credited the success of the operation to the collaborative effort between her office and the New Jersey State Police, Camden County Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cherry Hill Office, Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Cherry Hill Police Department, Evesham Police Department, Gloucester City Police Department, Gloucester Township Police Department, Haddon Township Police Department, Monroe Township Police Department, Pine Hill Police Department, Winslow Police Department and Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Missing person – Malcolm Jones

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 17-year-old from Lanning Square.

Malcolm Jones was reported missing today from his home on the 600 block of Benson Street. He is described as a black male, 5’9”, 158 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white polo shirt, khaki pants, gray hoodie and blue sneakers. This is the third time he has been reported missing.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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Missing person – Edwin Rosa

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing adult from East Camden.

Edwin Rosa, 34, was reported missing today from his home on the 300 block of Marlton Pike. He is described as a black male, 5’7”, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his right shin and on his left ankle. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. This is the first time he has been reported missing and he is known to frequent the area of 27th and Federal streets.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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Information sought on bank robbery suspect

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Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who robbed a Camden bank Friday.

The suspect entered the Susquehanna Bank on the first block of Market Street through the building’s Delaware Street entrance and passed a demand note to a teller around 3:20 p.m.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and entered a black van parked on Front Street. The van was last seen heading in the direction of Cooper Street.

The suspect is described as a white man with long brown hair and glasses. He was wearing a gray shirt, gray stripped zip-up hooded jacket, blue jeans and dark colored shoes. The man wore his hair pulled back with a black headband.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Detective James Brining at (856) 225-8439 or Camden County Police Detective Stephen Gracia at (856) 757-7420.

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Missing person – Diamond Mercado

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 16-year-old from East Camden.

Diamond Mercado was reported missing Wednesday night from her home on the 400 block of N. 35th Street. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’8”, 140 pounds, with burgundy hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, white pants and peach/white sneakers. She has been reported missing multiple times and is known to travel to Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Paterson.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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Officers apprehend suspect with loaded, stolen gun

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(Camden, NJ) – A suspect brandishing a loaded, stolen gun was caught by officers Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m., Officers Geoffrey Chiumento and Timothy Ramirez were on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues just before 5 p.m. when they responded to the 600 block of Elm Street to investigate a report about a male suspect with a gun. The officers located a suspect matching the description nearby on the 500 block of Pearl Street – Terrance Tribbett, 40, of Camden. Upon investigation, Tribbett was found to be in possession of a loaded Walther Model PPK/S 9mm ACP semi-automatic handgun stolen out of Henrico County, Va.

Tribbett was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets and Receiving Stolen Property. The Certain Persons charge is based on a prior conviction for drug distribution. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $95,000 cash or bond.

Officer of the Week – Matthew DiDomenico

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This week, the Camden County Police Department recognizes the outstanding work of Officer Matthew DiDomenico; he is the latest department Officer of the Week.

Officer DiDomenico graduated from the Camden County Police Academy last December and has been a member of the department’s proactive Neighborhood Response Team in the 2nd District since then.

Officer DiDomenico has gone above and beyond in engaging with the community in an effort to foster understanding and reduce crime conditions. He regularly engages residents on his directed patrols. He frequently volunteers his time to take part in community events in the city. Most recently, he participated in a cops vs. youth basketball game at the Sacred Heart School gymnasium. In August he led a three-man team of CCPD officers in a shooting contest at Elijah Perry Park for Meet Your Officers night.

“Officer DiDomenico always displays a professional demeanor and serves as an excellent example of how a community-oriented police officer should perform,” said Lieutenant Richard Verticelli.

For his civic engagement and dedication, we honor Officer DiDomenico as Officer of the Week. Also nominated were Officers Brandon Galloza and Gabriel Sommella and Officers David Stinsman, Herbert Kreuz, Stephen Bezich, Timothy Vega and Nicholas Palumbo.

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Information sought on armed robbery suspects

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Sunday and is seeking information about the suspects.

Shortly after 9 a.m., officers responded to investigate an armed robbery on the 300 block of Mechanic Street. Two men were walking when a vehicle stopped near them. Three suspects got out of the vehicle brandishing guns while the driver remained in the vehicle. The suspects took cash, cell phones and a backpack from the victims before getting back into the vehicle and fleeing the area east on Atlantic Avenue then south on 4th Street.

The vehicle is described as a burgundy Ford Explorer or SUV.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 5’10”, mid 20s, of thin build wearing all black clothing and brandishing a black, semi-automatic handgun. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5’9”, mid 20s, of thin build, wearing an Army fatigue sweatshirt, black mask and tan pants and brandishing a black revolver. The third suspect is described as a black male, 5’9”, mid 20s of thin build wearing all gray clothing. There is no description of the fourth suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident and these suspects is asked to call the Camden County Police Department tip line at (856) 757-7042.

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