Narcotics operation nabs two fugitives from Absecon

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GALLOWAY – An Absecon husband and wife team of fugitives was arrested and charged with narcotics and gun offenses by Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and Galloway police on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Richard L. Smith, 37, was charged with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Galloway and Absecon. He was jailed at the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing on $300,000 bail, according to the prosecutor’s office.

His wife Kerri Smith, 31, who is also known as Kerri Dougherty, was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances and illegal possession of a firearm. Her bail for those charges was set at $150,000.

Richard Smith also had outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Atlantic County Superior Court and Galloway Township Municipal Court, police said.

He was arrested at the Wawa on Route 30 in Galloway while he was allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover detective, police said.

Law enforcement also seized $500 in cash along with Smith’s vehicle, a white Dodge Avenger. Smith drove the Avenger to the suspected drug buy.

Police then went to Smith’s residence at the Comfort Inn, 539 Absecon Boulevard, Absecon. There they found his wife, who is a wanted fugitive in Atlantic County Superior Court and Galloway Township Municipal Court for failure to appear.

Police secured the room and then received a search warrant.

During the search, detectives discovered a loaded Jennings 9mm, semi-automatic handgun with 11 rounds in the clip, seven Glock magazines, one high-capacity magazine for a Glock handgun, a small bag containing approximately a half-ounce of uncut heroin, numerous bundles of heroin, cocaine, small amounts of marijuana, a scale and CDS packaging material.

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