Cops in Atlantic City say their efforts to reduce the amount of crime and violence in the city has resulted in five people being arrested along with two guns and hundreds of bags of heroin being seized.

Last Friday, ACPD detectives were conducting a surveillance operation near the 1600 block of Arctic Avenue. As a result, cops recovered two loaded guns -- one was in a bag near a dumpster and another was inside of a vehicle, according to authorities. An investigation led to criminal charges being filed against 25-year-old Richard Pugh of Galloway for the dumpster gun and 27-year-old Breyon Sylvester of Atlantic City for the one found in a car.

This past Tuesday, detectives located Sylvester along with Christian Hunter, Raishawn Simmons, and Dequay Belt on the Boardwalk. Police say all four were arrested and they seized 850 bags of heroin, 110 grams of cocaine, and items for drug distribution.

Pugh was located and taken into custody on Thursday.

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Pugh was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and certain person not to possess a weapon.

Sylvester is facing unlawful possession of a weapon, certain person not to possess a weapon, possession of CDS, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, and possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone charges.

20-year-old Raishawn Simmons of Atlantic City was charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone, and contempt of court.

Those three were remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

29-year-old Christian Hunter of Atlantic City was charged with two counts of possession of CDS, two counts of possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, and two counts of possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone.

18-year-old Dequay Belt of Atlantic City is facing possession of CDS, possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, and possession of CDS with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone charges.

Those two were released on a summons with a future court date.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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