Drug Bust in Manahawkin Snags 6, Including 5 from Absecon, AC and Ocean City
A six-month investigation, multi-agency drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of six people, including an Absecon man, an Ocean City woman, and three people from Atlantic City.
Stafford Township Police say the six were arrested on February 7th, bringing an end to the investigation.
Here's how police say the arrests happened:
At approximately 5:30 PM, Detectives observed a drug transaction between three subjects behind Element Bar in the parking lot. At this time, Bethany Harris, Daniel Popick and a Selvin Romero were detained for further investigation. During this investigation, it was learned that three other subjects, Emerson Rocha, Howuard Mejia Hernandez and Erlin Ramos were found to be involved in this investigation and were detained as well. Upon further investigation, all six subjects were arrested for CDS related offenses.
Selvin Romero, the target of this investigation, was found to be in possession of and distributing Cocaine. Romero gave consent to search his residence in Absecon Township. He was transported by the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force and Stafford Drug Enforcement Unit to his residence were they met by the Atlantic County Narcotics Task Force. After searching his residence, executing a search warrant on his vehicle, evidence was seized and he was transported back to Stafford Township Police Department for processing.
As a result of this investigation, a quantity of Marijuana was recovered along with one ounce of Cocaine, $800 in cash and CDS paraphernalia.
Here's a list of the charges and who was arrested:
Possession of Marijuana U/50; Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
• Emerson Rocha: 18 years old, Atlantic City, NJ
• Howuard Mejia Hernandez: 31 years old, Atlantic City, NJ
• Erlin Ramos: 24 years old, Atlantic City, NJ
Possession of CDS Cocaine
• Bethany Harris: 29 years old, Ocean City NJ
• Daniel Popick: 29 years old, Barnegat, N.J.
Possession of CDS Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana U/50, Distribution Of CDS Cocaine 2nd degree, Distribution of CDS Cocaine 3rd degree, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
• Selvin Romero: 25 years new, Absecon, N.J.
SOURCE: Stafford Township Police