The largest anti-drug case in Atlantic County produced more than 15 kilograms of drugs
Two Atlantic County men faced criminal charges after law enforcement officials seized more than 15 kilograms of drugs from the basement of Egg Harbor Township.
The bust is the largest in the history of South Jersey County, The official said.
Ricardo Clavijo, 39, from Egg Harbor Township, and Christopher Gonzalez, 37, from Pleasantville, are accused of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute More than one kilogram of heroin Provided by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of New Jersey. Both were detained without bail.
On Monday, state and local law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Clavejo’s residence and arrested two people. They seized the following items from the basement:
•Five kilograms of suspected fentanyl package
• Eight kilograms of suspected fentanyl or cocaine package
• Two kilograms of suspected heroin package
• Thousands of pre-packaged individual doses of suspected heroin
• A .45 caliber pistol, pistol magazine and 9mm 50-round drum magazine
• Narcotics packaging materials, utensils and electronic teller machines
“The large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine seized have prevented countless potentially fatal overdose in the Atlantic County area,” said DEA director Susan A. Gibson. “Drug seizures on this scale have made the area safer, and we will continue to destroy and destroy these criminal organizations.”
If found guilty, both may face up to life imprisonment and a fine of US$10 million or twice the total profit or loss caused by the crime, whichever is the largest. The mandatory minimum sentence for conspiracy charges is 10 years.