Police on Friday charged a Camden man will illegally possessing a handgun after arresting him and two other men following an alleged marijuana deal at the Blackwood Clementon Road Sunoco gas station.
The incident began in the LaCascata townhouse complex around 5:30 p.m. Friday when police chased a group of "suspicious subjects" from the complex's pool, according to Gloucester Township Police Lt. Jason Gittens.
Township bicycle patrol officers quickly spotted two of the individuals who ran from LaCascata behind the Sunoco station, allegedly observing what Gittens described as a "hand to hand drug transaction."
As the officers approached the two men, Prince Anderson, 24, of Laurel Road, Lindenwold, threw items into a bush behind the Sunoco and ran toward Blackwood Clementon Road, Gittens said.
Police then attempted to apprehend the other suspect, identified as Marcus S. Ford, 25, of State Street, Camden, but he resisted arrest, forcing officers to use their issued pepper spray, according to Gittens.
Police allegedly found a black .380-caliber handgun on the ground beneath Ford after placing him into handcuffs.
Ford was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third-degree resisting arrest, as well as possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.
Anderson was also later apprehended by township police officers who arrived as back-up units. He was charged with fourth-degree distribution of marijuana and resisting arrest, as well as conspiracy.
A third suspect, Jessie Boggs, 19, also of Laurel Road, Lindenwold, was arrested and charged with acting as a lookout during the drug transaction. Boggs was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice—both fourth-degree crimes.
All three suspects were transported to Camden County Jail— Ford on $100,000 cash bail, Anderson on $2,500 bail and Boggs on $500 bail.
Gittens identified the investigating officers as patrolmen Adam O'Lano, Adam McKillop, Thomas Ritz, Matthew Crabtree and Nicholas Aumendo