Pleasantville police target crime spike, arrest pair on guns, drug charges

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A Pleasantville Police Department initiative to target an early-summer spike in violent crime has led to the arrests of two people on drugs and weapons charges. A Pleasantville Police Department initiative to target an early-summer spike in violent crime has led to the arrests of two people on drugs and weapons charges. PLEASANTVILLE _ A Pleasantville Police Department initiative to target an early-summer spike in violent crime has led to the arrests of two people on drugs and weapons charges. 

 A third suspect remains at-large, according to a statement issued by Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin.

“In response to a spike in violent crime in late may and June, the Pleasantville Police Department directed Sgt. Angelo Maldonado to create and execute a plan to target violent crime and criminal suspects,” Riggin said.

Detective Antonio Guercioni and Ptl. Ryan Vansyckle assisted Maldonado, Riggin said.

Over the course of the next week, utilizing resources and officer manpower from Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Atlantic City and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department, Maldonado’s team conducted surveillance and interviews, Riggin said.

Detective Antonio Guercioni and Ptl. Ryan Vansyckle were assisted Maldonado, he added.

Their work determined that Umar Salahudin II, 22, of Pleasantville was their primary suspect and named Anthony Hicks, 22, of Atlantic City and Malik Smith, 22, of Pleasantville as associates, Riggin said.

At 2 p.m., July 22, the team stopped a vehicle operated by Salahudin with Smith as his passenger.

“Based on investigation at the scene as well as intelligence provided by Detectives Adam Browlee and Miguel Lugo of Pleasantville Police Department, search warrants were conducted on the vehicle as well as a hotel room in Galloway,” Riggin said.

Those search warrants resulted in the recovery of marijuana and heroin packaged for distribution, packaging materials, and two handguns, Riggin said. In addition, Salahudin’s Buick was sieved pending forfeiture.

At 6 p.m., July 24, Brownlee, VanSyckle, Detective Guercioni and Maldonado stopped a vehicle driven by Anthony Hicks at Park Avenue and New Road, Riggin said. Police found a prescription drug that had been broken down for distribution.

Police arrested Hicks on an unrelated warrant for CDS distribution as well as new charges for possession and distribution of drugs in a school zone.

Salahudin was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), two counts of distribution of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance during a controlled dangerous substance offence, possession of heroin. He was jailed on $110,000 bail.

Hicks was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (prescription medicine), multiple counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and distribution in a school zone. His bail was set at $170,000.

Smith was charged with two counts of possession of firearm, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), distribution of marijuana.

Warrants were issued for Smith’s arrest, Riggins said.

 “Chief José Ruiz commends the efforts of all the officers involved in this operation. Investigation into these subjects and their associates continues and more arrests are anticipated,” Riggin said.

 


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