Camden, N.J. – Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer is announcing the CCPO’s Narcotics Task Force, with the help of multiple other agencies, successfully broke up a pill mill in Camden, following a six-month investigation.
This operation was a collaboration between the CCPO Narcotics Task Force, New Jersey State Police Trafficking South Unit, New Jersey State Police Hazardous Material Response Unit, the Cherry Hill Police Department, and the Pennsauken Police Department.
The pill mill spanned two locations. One is located on the 1100 block of S. Merrimac Road and the other is located on the 2900 block of N. 36th Street.
After obtaining a search warrant, police seized approximately 3.5 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, plus suspected crack cocaine and powder cocaine from the properties. Officers also seized two hydraulic pill presses, over five pounds of cutting agents, and more than 8,300 pills. The market price of each pill is $15-$30. Law enforcement also seized two handguns with extended magazines and one long gun with a silencer. Both handguns were ghost guns – guns with no traceable serial number. Lastly, officers seized more than $20,000 in cash from these two locations.
Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at a Pennsauken storage facility as part of this investigation and seized four other handguns from that location, a compact AK-47, and additional pill-making material consistent with manufacturing fentanyl pills.
Two men have been apprehended. They are both charged with First Degree Maintaining a Drug Manufacturing Facility along with related weapons offenses. Maintaining a Drug Manufacturing Facility carries up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
“Any time we’re able to get fentanyl off the streets, it’s a major victory, not just for our office, but for our community,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Thank you to our detectives and our partners in this case whose tireless efforts over the past six months resulted in yet another large quantity of potentially deadly drugs being removed from the streets and two more ghost guns seized.”
This investigation is ongoing. All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Recently, 66.3 kilos of fentanyl were seized from a home in Pennsauken Township. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office was part of that joint investigation.