ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – An Atlantic City Vice Squad investigation has netted three arrests and the seizure of one illegal handgun.
According to police, Monday, members of the department’s Special Investigations Section conducted a surveillance operation in the 1500 block of Atlantic Avenue.
“The operation stemmed from numerous complaints received from the public and local business owners concerning illegal narcotics distribution and quality of life issues throughout the block,” police said, “\During the operation, detectives observed three individuals engage in suspected illegal narcotics transactions. Two of the individuals, Christian Hunter and Jesse Lacy, were detained by detectives and found to be in possession of crack cocaine and 8 wax folds of suspected heroin at which time they were placed in custody without incident. Hunter was also in possession of prescription pills.”
Detectives seized approximately $800 in US currency from Hunter believed to be proceeds of illegal narcotics transactions.
Police reported that the third male, Bilal Reynolds, fled on foot and was tracked to the area of an apartment complex approximately two blocks away, in the first block of north Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“Detectives observed and located Reynolds in the rear parking lot of the apartment complex. As detectives approached Reynolds, he began to run towards the first block of north Mount Vernon Avenue. Detectives pursued Reynolds and observed him discard a satchel before detaining him a short distance away where he was placed in custody without further incident,” police said. “The discarded satchel was found to have a loaded 9mm handgun with hollow point ammunition and an extended magazine. Detectives also located a digital scale and prescription pills inside the satchel.”