Saturday, January 18, 2014

Galloway Police Assist in Narcotics Investigation Resulting in Drugs and Weapon Charges

PLEASANTVILLE – An ongoing joint narcotics investigation resulted in the arrest of two Pleasantville men in connection with the possession and distribution of large quantities of narcotics, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, the Galloway Township Police Department and the Pleasantville Police Department resulted in the arrests of Matthew A. Bradley, 34, and Kirk Eason, Jr., 29, on drugs and weapons charges.

The Atlantic County Emergency Response Team executed a Search Warrant on the residence on the 300 block of West Mulberry Avenue in Pleasantville. As a result of the search, approximately 64.1 grams of heroin, 7 grams of crack cocaine and 915 grams (two pounds) of marijuana were seized. 
The total amount of narcotics seized has an estimated street value of more than $13,000. Two firearms were also recovered from the scene; a .25-caliber semi- automatic handgun and a .22-caliber handgun. In addition, numerous rounds of ammunition, various drug paraphernalia used in the packaging and preparation of narcotics for distribution, including ink pads, stamping equipment and wax paper folds were seized.
Bradley and Eason were both charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (one count for each CDS: heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana), possession of two handguns while committing a controlled dangerous substance offense, manufactured/ possession with Intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Eason was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both defendants have been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Bail for Mathew Bradley was set at $100,000 full cash. Bail for Eason was set at $150,000 full cash.

***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.


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