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Search warrant leads to four drug arrests and seizure of three guns

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(Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department Narcotics/Gang Unit detectives working in conjunction with the Camden HIDTA Task Force executed a search warrant Thursday in East Camden that resulted in four arrests and the seizure of three guns.

The search warrant was executed at a home on the unit block of Leonard Avenue as part of an ongoing investigation. Detectives recovered three illegal guns – a loaded Ruger .22 caliber revolver, a loaded RG40 .38 special revolver and a loaded Clerke .22 caliber revolver. Detectives also recovered 39 bags of heroin and $724 in cash.

Detectives also arrested four suspects at the home:

Elijah Baker, 55, of Camden, was charged with Possession of CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute, Possession With Intent to Distribute Within 1,000 feet of a School and three counts of Possession of a Weapon With CDS.

Jason Melton, 37, of Riverton; Jasmine Ortiz, 19, of Camden; and Jamere Rodgers, 21, of Camden, were all charged with Possession of CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute and Possession With Intent to Distribute Within 1,000 feet of a School.

All four were remanded to the county jail. Bail for Baker was set at $100,000 cash or bond. Bail for Melton was set at $50,000 cash or bond. Bail for Ortiz and Rodgers was set at 10 percent of $35,000.

Detectives catch suspects wanted for assault and robbery

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department has arrested two suspects who assaulted a woman in South Camden late Monday or early Tuesday.

Quameer Hence, 23, of Camden, and Miguel Nunez, 36, of Camden, were arrested Thursday in the city after search warrants were executed on the 1100 block of Thurman Street and 800 block of Sylvan Street. The pair attacked, robbed and sexually assaulted a woman between 10 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday. The victim, who walked to Virtua Hospital following the attack, remains at Cooper University Hospital where she is being treated.

Nunez is charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He has been remanded to the county jail with bail set at $400,000 cash or bond.

Hence is charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Robbery and Aggravated Assault. He has been remanded to the county jail with bail set at $300,000 cash or bond.

The two suspects were arrested thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Citizens Crime Commission working with the Camden County Police Department.

Suspect tries to stab officer with ice pick after being chased down

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(Camden, NJ) – A suspect wielding an ice pick who tried to injure an officer was arrested Tuesday night in South Camden.

Shortly after 7:40 p.m., Officer Stephen Marakowski responded to a domestic incident involving suspect Jerrick Lawrence, 24, of Camden, who was armed with an ice pick. Lawrence ran from the scene and Officer Marakowski chased him on foot. After Officer Marakowski caught Lawrence and wrestled him to the ground, the suspect struggled against Officer Marakowski and Officers Gabriel Sommella and Brandon Galloza. Lawrence swung the ice pick and tried to injure Officer Sommella before being disarmed and placed under arrest.

Lawrence was charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Criminal Mischief and two counts of Resisting Arrest. The Certain Persons charge is based on a past conviction for burglary. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $85,000 cash or bond.

Officers of the Week – Christopher Devlin and Andrew Griess

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The Camden County Police Department is proud to honor a pair of officers – Christopher Devlin and Andrew Griess – as the latest Officers of the Week.

Officer Devlin joined the department in June 2013 and Officer Griess became an officer this past June after graduating from the Camden County Police Academy.

On Sept. 6, while on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues in East Camden, the officers observed a car with two occupants commit a driving infraction and stopped the vehicle on Odessa Paulk Jones Street. After stopping, the driver ran from the scene. The officers secured the vehicle and a passenger and recovered a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson SW40VE. The passenger was placed under arrest and the driver was also arrested after he returned to the scene. Both were charged for possession of the gun and both also had outstanding warrants.

“These officers took control of a potentially dangerous situation and made two arrests and recovered a loaded .40 caliber weapon. They deserve to be commended for this outstanding job performance,” said Lt. Pasquale Giannini.

We recognize Officers Devlin and Griess for their work to protect public safety by removing a deadly weapon from the community. Also nominated were Officers Joshua Soper and Rocco Belloni.

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Information sought on assault

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred late Monday or early Tuesday.

Officers responded to Virtua Hospital shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday where a woman had come to the hospital after being physically assaulted. The assault is believed to have occurred some time between 10 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday on or near Mount Ephraim Avenue in the area of Sheridan and Jackson streets and may have involved multiple attackers.

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

Officers Cortez and Patti save three more lives using Narcan

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(Camden, NJ) – Camden County Police Department Officers Edwin Cortez and Benjamin Patti have saved the lives of three more drug overdose victims over the last week using Narcan.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, just before 2 p.m., Officer Cortez responded to the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street where a man who had used heroin was unconscious and turning blue inside a vacant building. Officer Cortez administered one dose of Narcan and the man soon became responsive and alert before being taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment

Officer Cortez responded to another heroin overdose – at Broadway and Clinton Street – on the morning of Friday, Sept. 12, after being flagged down by a pedestrian. Officer Cortez observed a man lying on the ground unconscious in a vacant lot. Officer Cortez administered a dose of Narcan but the victim continued to be unresponsive. EMS arrived and administered a second dose before transporting him to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.

And on Saturday, Sept. 13, around 10 a.m., Officer Benjamin Patti responded to the 1100 block of Baring Street where a man who had used heroin was unconscious in an alley behind a vacant home. Officer Patti administered two doses of Narcan, and the man began to regain consciousness after the second dose. He was then taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.

With these three incidents, Camden County Police Department officers have now saved the lives of 38 overdosed drug users by administering Narcan.

Foot patrol officers arrest juvenile with illegal handgun

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(Camden, NJ) – Officers on foot patrol Saturday night arrested a 15-year-old girl who was in possession of a handgun and drugs.

Officers Mark Pease and Jorge Perez were on foot patrol addressing quality of life issues Saturday night in South Camden just before 7:20 p.m. when they went to investigate a report about a group of juveniles, one of whom was brandishing a gun. The officers located the group and stopped them. A 15-year-old girl was found to be in possession of a .25 caliber semi-automatic Titan handgun along with seven jars of marijuana. A 15-year-old boy was found to be in possession of an illegal pellet gun.

The 15-year-old girl was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Weapon and Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams. She was remanded to the county juvenile detention facility at Lakeland.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with Possession of an Imitation Firearm. He was issued a summons and released.

Liberty Park car stop leads to gun arrest

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(Camden, NJ) – A car stop Wednesday in Liberty Park led to the arrest of a suspect who was in possession of a loaded handgun.

While on directed patrol addressing quality of life issues shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Joshua Soper observed a car commit a motor vehicle infraction. Officer Soper stopped the vehicle and, after approaching, observed a container of marijuana and the barrel of a gun inside the vehicle – a loaded 9mm Hi-Point Model C1 handgun. Driver Develle Frazier, 21, of Camden, and passengers Daniel Smith, 19, of Woodlynne; and Timothy Dawson, 24, of Camden, were placed under arrest.

Smith was charged with Possession of a Weapon and remanded to the county jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or bond. Frazier was charged with Possession of Marijuana Under 50 grams and issued a summons and released. Dawson was arrested on an outstanding municipal warrant of $200 and released.

Information sought on suspect in attempted luring

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is investigating a possible luring attempt in East Camden Thursday.

A boy walking home from school shortly after 3:30 p.m. reported to police that a male suspect tried to get his attention near the corner of 38th and High streets. The boy ran and the man then ran after him but did not catch him and gave up the chase.

The suspect is described as being a light-skinned, thin male, approximately 5’7”, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, black gloves and black shoes. The suspect may have had black paint on his face.

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

Missing person – Destiny Santiago

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(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old from Whitman Park.

Destiny Santiago was reported missing Thursday night from her home on the 1300 block of Chase Street. She is described as a white female, 5’1”, 115 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and blue shirt, blue cut-off shorts and white Converse sneakers. She has been reported missing six times this year and is known to frequent the Whitman Park area, Dayton Street and the 1200 block of Chase Street.

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

Destiny Santiago

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