Atlantic City Police say two teenagers were arrested and drugs and a gun were seized last Thursday night.

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According to the ACPD, just before 8:30 PM, Sgt. Timothy Smith visited a business in the 1500 block of Atlantic Avenue in response to numerous complaints from business owners about illegal drug deals.

Upon entering the store, Sergeant Smith observed 2 males engaging in narcotics transactions. One of the males, Quadir Cooper, was startled upon seeing Sergeant Smith and quickly retreated to the back of the store. A second male, a 15-year-old juvenile, followed Cooper to the same location where they appeared to hide an unknown object behind merchandise on a store shelf.

Both males were quickly detained.

Police searched the store and they say they found a defaced gun loaded with hollow-point ammunition and suspected crack cocaine.

Cooper was also found in possession of crack cocaine totaling approximately 7 grams.

A 15-year-old and 18-year-old Quadir Cooper, both of Atlantic City, were charged with,

  • Unlawful possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a weapon during a CDS offense
  • Possession of a defaced firearm
  • Certain persons not to possess weapons
  • Possession of hollow point ammunition
  • Possession of CDS
  • Possession with the intent to distribute CDS
  • Distribution of CDS within 500 ft. of a public building
  • Conspiracy

Cooper was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. The juvenile was remanded to Harbor Fields Juvenile Detention Center.

Anyone with information about the distribution of narcotics is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department's Special Investigations Section at (609) 347-5858.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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