Thursday, December 19, 2013

Galloway Police Assist in Dismantling Large Heroin Trafficking Ring Operation in Egg Harbor City

EGG HARBOR CITY – A joint undercover narcotics investigation resulted in the dismantling of a large organized heroin trafficking ring operating out of an Egg Harbor City apartment complex, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Wednesday, Dec. 18, members of the Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Unit, the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team and the Egg Harbor City, Galloway Township and Pleasantville Police Departments simultaneously executed search warrants at two units in the Philadelphia Village Housing Complex located at 1000 Buffalo Avenue.

Authorities seized 11 bricks of Heroin (approximately 550 bags) with an estimated street value of over $10,000. A loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a loaded .357 caliber handgun, numerous rounds of ammunition, $4,500 in small bills, a scale and a two-way radio communications system were also seized.
The two residents of the searched units Ernest Collier, 18, and Chaise Hill, 35, were arrested and charged with second-degree possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy. Additionally, Hill was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a hand gun for an unlawful purpose.
Following the arrests of Collier and Hill, law enforcement officers served arrest warrants to multiple other members of the trafficking ring throughout Atlantic County. Those arrests include; Steven Martinez, 19, Tyshon Nieves, 22, Jamil Highsmith, 45, Keleen Simpson, 32, all of Egg Harbor City, Mike Jeril, 32, of Atlantic City, April Hill, 45, of Millville, and Donald Dillard, 56.
The arrests are the results of a 7-month-long cooperative undercover narcotics operation in response to numerous complaints from the citizens of Egg Harbor City.
Martinez and April Hill were both charged with second-degree possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy.
Nieves and Highsmith were both charged with possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Jeril was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Simpson was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.
Dillard was charged with obstruction of the administration of law and resisting arrest.
As the investigation into the drug trafficking ring progresses, additional charges and arrests are forthcoming.
The public is encouraged to assist in the efforts of combating, reducing and dismantling narcotics and firearm distribution networks within the County by sharing information with law enforcement. Information can be provided to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609)-909-7800, the Egg Harbor City Police Department at (609)-965-2901 or anonymously to Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at (609)-652-1234 or 1-(800)-658- 8477.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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 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 Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see the complaints on Detective Hadley went to good use.

Anonymous said...

Don't specuate on something you don't have any facts to. You should be saying thanks to the officers n investigators who got these people and drugs off the street. Not focusing on something or someone who doesn't even effect you or your family.
He's fighting for his life everyday n your worrying about alligations from people with a history of lying n doing drugs. Mind your business n let the investigators do there job. I'm sure the truth will come out in the end.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the officers for helping clean up ehc. Its funny how when a detective is "on leave" now things are getting taken care of that should have been a long time ago. And
the investigators are doing their job thats why
the truth will prevail and you can eat your words because it is our business if our taxes
are paying for someone to protect our city and
instead they are being a scumbag.

Anonymous said...

I bet they willnt approve my first status. Egg harbor needs real help this is ridiculous why our young child are even involved in this bs, its embrassing. They think they made a difference haha now people will just have to start over. But it made our cops look good right. Just wondering why everyone business who was involved was put on blast. I would like to know whats going on in a police station cause if i can recall a few weeks ago they got raided. ?????

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Anonymous said...

I guess we leave it up to coincidence that a certain Detective that was suppose to investigate these type of incidents is criminally charged and a couple months later a big drug ring in Egg Harbor City is busted. Interestingly, many accused the Publisher of this site for writing an article about that Egg Harbor City Detective being investigated because it had nothing to do with Galloway. Did everyone read the second paragraph. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP was part of the agencies that executed the search warrants. I guess the Publisher of this website knew what they were reporting after all with connections to Galloway. People need to stop accusing and just be thankful that a website is willing to inform the public of what is going on. I sure am and I live in Egg Harbor City.

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