Authorities in Atlantic County say three separate narcotics investigations that involved numerous law enforcement agencies have resulted in seven people being indicted.

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Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill says all seven indictments were handed down on Wednesday.

In the first case, 42-year-old Emery Chapman of Pleasantville, 41-year-old Ebony Chapman of Absecon, 44-year-old Tennille Lee of Atlantic City, and 20-year-old Theresa Lockhart of Millville were indicted on several drug-related charges in connection to a heroin distribution scheme throughout Atlantic County from November 2019 to June 2020.

According to a press release, an investigation revealed Chapman directed and conspired with Lockhart, Lee, and Chapman to distribute heroin. In January and February 2020, Lockhart sold a total of over five ounces of heroin to an undercover police officer. On June 1st of that year, cops executed a search warrant at Lee’s apartment where they seized 393 bricks of heroin.

Next, a grand jury indicted 31-year-old Malita Scarlett and 34-year-old Alicia Gilliard, both of Atlantic City, for possessing narcotics and firearms in March. In this case, search warrants were executed at the Madison Hotel and at an apartment at the Lighthouse Plaza in Atlantic City. A total of 27 grams of crystal meth, 16 grams of cocaine, and 210 wax folds of fentanyl were recovered at a room in the hotel; 50 wax folds of heroin, over five ounces of crystal meth, three guns, and over $11,000 were seized at the apartment.

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Finally, 53-year-old Richard Mallinson of Mount Holly was indicted for possessing over five ounces of crystal methamphetamine. Authorities say an investigation led to his arrest in Absecon on March 23rd.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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