Search warrant nets Pleasantville pair on drug charges

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PLEASANTVILLE _ Two city men, including an ex-con, were arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15 after authorities seized more than $13,000 in drugs while executing a search warrant at a West Mulberry Avenue residence.

Matthew A. Bradley, 34, and Kirk Eason Jr., 29, were arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (one count for each CDS: heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana), possession of two handguns while committing a controlled dangerous substance offense and manufactured/ possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Eason was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The arrests were announced Friday, Jan. 17 by acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

The arrests were the result of a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, the Galloway Township Police Department and the Pleasantville Police Department, McClain said.

The Atlantic County Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant Jan. 15 on the residence on the 300 block of West Mulberry Avenue in Pleasantville, he said.

Police recovered approximately 64.1 grams of heroin, 7 grams of crack cocaine and 915 grams (two pounds) of marijuana during the search, McClain said.

Officials estimated the drugs had a street value of more than $13,000.

Police also seized a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a .22-caliber handgun, McClain said.

Police also found ammunition and drug packing paraphernalia, including ink pads, stamping equipment and wax paper folds.

Both Bradley and Eason were jailed at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

Bradley’s bail was set at $100,000 full cash. Eason’s bail was set at $15,000 full cash.

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