Hammonton Fruit Farm Drug Raid Suspects Appear Bound for Trial
MAYS LANDING - Three Hammonton men accused of running a cocaine and methamphetamine business from an Atlantic County fruit farm move closer to trial on 11 charges related to drug and weapons possession and money laundering.
Juvenal Duran-Almanza, 29; Moises Duran-Almanza, 38; and Vincent Lopez-Hernandez, 25, were indicted Wednesday, according to the office of Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Accoring to investigators, on August 3, members of the Prosecutor's Guns Gangs and Narcotics squad seized cocaine, methamphetamines, drug-related items and a loaded .32-caliber revolver in a Hammonton house that Juvenl Duran-Almanza occupied and in a building occupied by Moises Duran-Almanza at Columbia Fruit Farms in Hammonton.
The same investigators allegedly recovered more than five ounces of cocaine during a search of a building occupied by Lopez-Hernandez.
All three have been incarcerated in the Atlantic County Jail in Mays Landing since their arrests.
The charges include cocaine distribution and possession with intent to distribute, both first-degree; cocaine distribution, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during a controlled dangerous substance offense, all second-degree; and possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and money laundering in the third degree.
Assistant Prosecutor Aaron Witherspoon is conducting the government's case. Information about legal representation for the defendants was not available.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.