Drug and weapons charges against a suspect, described by Atlantic County authorities as an ex-felon, caught in an Atlantic City prostitution probe, carry enough weight for a grand jury to recommend trial.

Sean Figaro of Pleasantville faces six related charges in the indictment reached Tuesday, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner's office.

In terming Figaro a former felon, authorities did not disclose details of his record.

Authorities said that Figaro had roomed at the Econo Lodge, on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, from March 2016 through January 2017. The prostitution probe, led by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force led to a search warrant, executed at the motel, on January 10, 2017. Investigators said that they seized 119 bags of heroin and a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

Figaro was apprehended without incident. Tyner's office reported that two days later, on January 12, FBI agents charged Figaro with federal offenses, and transferred him to the federal detention center in Philadelphia.

In Atlantic County, he faces a first-degree charge of unlawful possession of a handgun, second-degree counts of possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, third-degree counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession with intent to distribute, and a fourth-degree charge of possession of a defaced firearm.

The case is assigned to Atlantic County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle S. Buckley. No information was disclosed regarding Figaro's legal representation.

In addition to the FBI, the probe involved investigators of the Atlantic County Prosecutor's and Sheriff's Offices, Atlantic City SWAT team, and New Jersey Department of Human Services Police.

 

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

Source: Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

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