Atlantic City employee convicted for selling heroin on the job

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MAYS LANDING – A 58-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was convicted Tuesday, May 22 of official misconduct and drug offenses in connection with distributing heroin in 2009, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.

On Feb. 3, 2010, Akbar Malik Salaam, a nine-year employee of Atlantic City, was arrested and charged in connection with distributing heroin at the All Wars Memorial Building, where he was employed as the building manager with the Department of Public Works.

Salaam was charged with official misconduct, distribution of heroin, distribution within 500 feet of a public zone and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

As a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department, with assistance from the DEA and the FBI, investigators determined that Salaam had distributed more than 830 bags of heroin to an undercover operative during work hours at the All Wars Memorial on five different occasions spanning April through September of 2009.

A jury convicted Salaam of all 30 counts (six counts for each sale) including; official misconduct, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, distribution within 500-feet of a public zone and distribution within 1,000-feet of a school zone.

“Today a jury concluded what the state has alleged all along; that Salaam abused his position and betrayed the public’s trust by selling poison from a public building of which he was in charge,” Prosecutor Housel stated. “We will aggressively pursue government employees who abuse their position for their own benefit. The people of Atlantic City deserve better.”

The trial lasted five days and was presided over by Superior Court Judge Max A. Baker. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill represented the state; Defense Attorney Eric Foley represented the defendant.

At the conclusion of the trial, Salaam was remanded into custody. Judge Baker is scheduled to sentence Salaam on June 29.

Official misconduct, a crime of the second-degree, carries a five- to 10-year New Jersey State Prison sentence with a mandatory five-year period of parole ineligibility. Additionally, the state will move to have the defendant sentenced as a persistent offender for the drug offenses.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800 or see www.acpo.org.

 


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