Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Winslow Police Chief Robert Stimelski announced multiple people have been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking network accused of distributing cocaine and other drugs across Camden and Gloucester counties.
During the months-long investigation, detectives seized approximately three kilos of cocaine, 200 oxycodone pills, 1.5 pounds of marijuana and more than an ounce of MDMA as well as $90,000 cash and two firearms. An investigation by Winslow Police focusing on drug activity in the area of Melwood Court in Sicklerville led to the multi-agency probe.
Three of the defendants – Keir J. Walden, 38, of Clayton; Monte Gaines, 35, of Vineland; and Raymond H. Cooper, 37, of Sicklerville – are charged with leading a drug trafficking organization and distribution of more than five ounces of cocaine. Walden is also charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, certain persons not to possess weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gaines is also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Cooper was the last of the three alleged leaders to be taken into custody. He was arrested December 9th in Camden. His bail was originally set at $500,000. Bail was set at $1 million each for Walden and Gaines.
Cooper’s girlfriend, Rose Dibattista, 32, of Sicklerville, was also arrested in the investigation. She was charged with a distribution of over five ounces of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute over five ounces of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute over 12 ounces of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over an ounce of MDMA, possession with intent to distribute approximately 200 oxycodone pills and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Her bail was originally set at $150,000.
Also arrested were Ramar Lee, 35, of Sicklerville, and Michael J. Osbourne, 43, of Camden. Lee was charged with conspiracy to distribute over five ounces of cocaine. His bail was originally set at $200,000. Osbourne was charged with possession with intent to distribute over five ounces of cocaine and eluding. His bail was originally set at $350,000.
Prosecutor Colalillo credited the success of the operation to the collaborative effort between her office’s Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Winslow Police Department, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, Cherry Hill Police Department, Mount Laurel Police Department, Monroe Township Police Department, Glassboro Police Department and Delaware River Port Authority Police Department.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Tuesday, December 22, 2015.