More drug busts in the World's Play Ground have led to four people being arrested and guns and drugs being taken off of the streets.

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The Atlantic City Police Department says their latest operation happened on Friday following frequent complaints from residents and business owners in the 2400 block of Arctic Avenue.

According to authorities, a detective recently received detailed information about a group of men selling drugs; one of them reportedly had a gun.

After observing the group for a period of time, the detectives along with assistance from patrol officers converged on the men. Once officers exited their vehicles, Khalil Watts and Kory Watts, began to flee. Both men were quickly apprehended and taken into custody. Khalil Watts was found in possession of a satchel that contained a loaded handgun. He also had an active warrant for his arrest.

Police say Watts discarded a bag while running, which was found to contain more than 15 grams of cocaine. He was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Later in the evening, the detectives observed Jamir Blunt in the area of the 500 block of Hobart Avenue. The detectives approached Blunt after observing him involved in a narcotic transaction. Blunt was arrested after being found in possession of 70 bags heroin and two grams of cocaine.

In a third event, police stopped a vehicle stop at Indiana and Atlantic Avenues.

The driver, Julio Sanchez III, could not provide a driver’s license or insurance information for the vehicle. During the stop, K9 Officer Jesse Oliver-Logan and his K9 partner Gee, trained in narcotic detection, showed a positive indication for the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Sanchez III was arrested after the detectives located four grams of cocaine.

2400 block of Arctic Avenue in Atlantic City NJ - Photo: Google Maps
2400 block of Arctic Avenue in Atlantic City NJ - Photo: Google Maps

ARRESTED: Khalil Watts, 25, of Atlantic City
CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of a large capacity magazine, certain person not to possess a weapon, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest.

  • Khalil Watts was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

ARRESTED: Kory Watts, 24, of Atlantic City
CHARGES: Possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

ARRESTED: Jamir Blunt, 20, of Mays Landing
CHARGES: Possession of CDS (two counts), possession of CDS with intent to distribute (two counts), and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

ARRESTED: Julio Sanchez III, 21, of Galloway
CHARGES: Possession of CDS and possession of CDS with intent to distribute.

  • Watts, Blunt, and Sanchez III were released on a summons with a future court date.

Anyone with information about illegal narcotics in the city 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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