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No Shave November

November 01, 2019

Once again officers of the Willingboro Township Police Department are participating in No Shave November.  Officers that make donations to the cause to support research for several forms of cancer research as well as St. Jude's Children's Hospital will be allowed to grow facial hair for the month on November.  We will display their furry results at the end of the month.

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Thirty-One Defendants Charged In Takedown Of Two Separate Burlington County Drug Trafficking Organizations

September 27, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. – Federal criminal charges have been filed against 31 individuals for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of multiple drug-trafficking conspiracies that distributed cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin in the Burlington County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Twenty-eight defendants were arrested today, one was already in state custody, and two remain at large. Those arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert in Trenton federal court. (See below.)

 

The first complaint charges 20 defendants in two overlapping drug conspiracies involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Burlington County area. This organization is allegedly operated by Herbert Mays of Willingboro, New Jersey.

 

The second complaint charges 12 defendants with three interrelated drug conspiracies involving the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin. Talib Conway of Philadelphia is described in the complaint as a leading member of this organization. One defendant, Teron Huggins, is charged in both complaints.

 

“The defendants charged in this case were responsible for moving large quantities of dangerous drugs through the streets of Burlington County and elsewhere,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Taking this number of people off the street required a massive and coordinated effort by our office and other federal and state law enforcement organizations. These arrests should go a long way toward making our streets safer.”

 

“The success of today’s operation is largely attributed to the close working relationship between federal, state, and local law enforcement,” FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, Newark, said. “This collaborative effort to address violent, drug traffickers within our local communities is just one example of how highly the FBI values its partners. To them, I would like to say ‘thank you’ for trusting us, lending their support, and playing a critical role making our community safer. To the criminal element that escaped arrest this time around – know that we aren't finished.”

 

“Today's arrests are a testament to ATF's commitment to stand with our local, state, and federal partners to expend every resource available to make our communities safer,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson said. “Arresting criminals that contribute to the violence in our communities will continue to be ATF's top priority.”   

 

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

 

Between July 2019 and September 2019, the defendants and others engaged in multiple and overlapping narcotics conspiracies that operated primarily throughout Burlington County – including Willingboro, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Bordentown Township, Edgewater Park, Pemberton and Mount Laurel – and which sought to profit from the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin. Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that defendants obtained regular supplies of cocaine from conspirators in the Philadelphia area, then redistributed that cocaine, portions of which defendants converted into crack cocaine, to distributors, sub-dealers, and end-users throughout Burlington County and elsewhere. During the wiretap portion of the investigation, law enforcement intercepted numerous communications among the conspirators discussing cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin quality and availability, pricing, packaging, quantity, and customer satisfaction.

 

The counts of conspiracy to distribute at least five kilos of cocaine carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $1 million. The counts of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine carry a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million. The counts of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of $5 million. The counts of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine carry a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of $5 million.

 

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie; special agents of ATF, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; detectives of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina; officers of the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Bruce Painter; officers of the Willingboro Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety Kinamo Lomon; officers of the Burlington City Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Fine; officers of the Florence Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Brian Boldizar; officers of the Bordentown Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Brian Pesche; officers of the Edgewater Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Robert Hess; officers of the Mount Laurel Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stephen Reidener; officers of the Ewing Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police John Stemler; officers of the Westampton Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Stephen Ent; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Sheilah Coley, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Martha K. Nye and Ray Mateo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

 

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*denotes at large

 

Herbert Mays, 62 - Willingboro, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Andre Morton, 37 - Lower Makefield Township, PA

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Ronnie Dawson, 34 - Edgewater Park, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Teron Huggins, 42 - Mount Laurel, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

Rufus Williams, 44 - Eastampton, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

Gurnsey Flagg, 61 - Burlington, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Roniffe Gaines, 36 - Willingboro, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

John Petrovich, 55 - Burlington, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Linford Johnson, 42 - Willingboro, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Nathaniel McCoy, 52 - Darby, PA

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

Anthony Pruitt,  46 - Edgewater Park, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

Shameke Fowler, 30 - Willingboro, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

Julius Thigpen, 57 - Philadelphia, PA

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

Andre Perkins (already in state custody), 37 - Edgewater Park, NJ

Count one:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

Count two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

Brandon Watts, 32 - Burlington City, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than five kilograms grams of cocaine

 

*Craig Moore, 46 - Wilmington, NC

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

Tracy Williams, 57 - Mount Holly, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

Samatha Bohlert, 48 - Mount Holly, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

Mecca Grant, 33 - Burlington, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

April Branson, 26 - Willingboro, NJ

Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine

 

Talib Conway, 39 - Philadelphia, PA

Count One:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Teron Huggins, 42 - Mount Laurel, NJ

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

 

Jerrod Epps, 35 - Medford, NJ

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Michael Linares, 35 - Mansfield, NJ

Count One: Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Allan Simeon, 39 - Browns Mills, NJ

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Joaquin Simeron, 36 - Westampton, NJ

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Jamarl Simeron, 39 - Delanco, NJ

Count Two:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute a detectable amount of cocaine

 

Jawan Paxton, 23 - Burlington City, NJ

Count One:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

 

Andre Williams, 20 - Browns Mills, NJ

Count One:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

 

*Rasheed Pollard, 33 - Pemberton, NJ

Count One:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Cemal Wood, 31 - Pemberton, NJ

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

Donte Snow, 31 - Pemberton, NJ

Count One:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 grams of heroin

Count Three:  Conspiracy to Distribute or Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine

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Two Men Arrested for Fatal Willingboro Shooting

September 26, 2019

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon announced today that two men have been charged with murder for fatally shooting a 26-year-old Willingboro woman last week inside a parked car on Baldwin Lane in the Buckingham Park section of the township.

Sam T. Gore, 25, of the first block of Bloomfield Lane in Willingboro, and Devon Woods, 25, of the first block of Vine Street in Trenton, were charged with Murder (First Degree), Robbery (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree) and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (Second Degree).

 

Gore and Woods are accused of shooting Deasia Ayres in the earlier morning hours of September 18. Her body was discovered that day at 10:30 a.m. inside of her Dodge Durango.

 

She had been shot in the back of the neck and the head, according to an autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood. The motive is believed to have been robbery. Woods is accused of pulling the trigger.

 

Gore was taken into custody this morning at his residence by the Willingboro Township Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Woods was arrested this afternoon at his residence by the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force. They are being detained in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly pending a first appearance in Superior Court.

 

They are being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Bob Van Gilst, supervisor of the BCPO Major Crimes Unit – Violent Crimes Section.

 

The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Willingboro Township Police Department, with assistance from the Burlington County Sheriff's Department, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, and the Trenton, New Jersey Police Department. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Tony Luyber and WTPD Detective Jason Galiazzi.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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* * * * Retirement * * * *

August 30, 2019

Today marks Detective Edwin Walker's final day with the Willingboro Police Department.

Ed began his career of service by enlisting and serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Officer Walker was hired in August of 1998 and graduated from the Camden County Police Academy on December 10,1998. Upon completing the Field Training Program Officer Walker was assigned to the Patrol Division.

In August of 2002 Officer Walker left the department to start a career with the Burlington County Prosecutors Office. Don't worry, he returned to us only 7 months later in 2003.

Upon his return, Officer Walker was assigned as a detective in our Detective Bureau where he worked in the Narcotics Unit. During this time Detective Walker attended the Attorney General's TOPGUN School and the Undercover Investigators School. Ed also graduated from the Philadelphia Police Department Motor School and became a member of our Motorcycle Unit.

In 2008 Detective Walker was selected to staff the newly created Street Crimes Unit where he mentored many of the younger officers in the unit. Ed worked investigations with numerous local, county, state and federal agencies to include the Burlington County Prosecutors Office, New Jersey State Police, FBI, DEA and the ATF.

During his investigative career, Detective Walker was the recipient of several Burlington County Prosecutors Office PROCOPS awards. He worked numerous homicide investigations as well as several high profile cases.

We are all going to miss Ed and his always outrageous sense of humor. We wish you continued success and a Happy Retirement!!

Pictured is a very young Officer Walker.

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Willingboro Officer honored with 2019 Impact Award

August 26, 2019

On Saturday August 24, 2019, The Promise & Possibilities Foundation presented Ofc. Roger Moore with their 2019 Impact Award for his dedication to help enrich the lives of residents in our community.  The Promise & Possibilities Foundation is a multi-faceted organization that assists with food and relief donations internationally, provides a scholarship program for individuals in college or vocational training, and deals with youths and families in need, and provides emergency support as well as academic support for at risk students.  Congratulations Officer Moore!

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2019 Youth Police Academy Graduation

August 02, 2019

 

Class #10 of the Youth Police Academy graduated in front of family and friends at the Kennedy Center. Some cadets find the rigors of the program just aren't for them and they drop out.  Not this year though!  Hailed by the instructor staff as the best class we have ever had, not one cadet dropped out of the program.  Congratulations to all of the graduates!!!  For more photos and a video of the Willingboro Police Department Youth Police Academy Class #10, CLICK HERE

Promotion - Captain

July 01, 2019

 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Lt. Ian Bucs to the rank of Captain. Captain Bucs will command the Patrol Division officially on July 1st.

Captain Bucs started his career with the department in October 1999 when he was hired as a part time SLEO II police officer. In Sept 2001, he was hired full time and attended the Burlington County Police Academy. Upon completion of the police academy he was assigned to the midnight shift in the Patrol Division. As a patrol officer he became a member of our SWAT Team, Field Training Officer and Bike Officer.

In July of 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant and stayed on the midnight shift. As a Sergeant some of the programs he implemented were our Patrol Rifle Program and Youth Police Academy. Also during this time he became a Team Leader of our SWAT Team, Field Training Officer Program Supervisor, K9 Supervisor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Range Instructor, Taser Instructor and Patrol Rifle Instructor.

 

In January of 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant and remained in the patrol division as the Watch Commander for the day shift but eventually went back to the midnight shift. During his time as a Lieutenant, Captain Bucs was named the SWAT Team Commander, Range Master, FTO Coordinator, and Active Shooter Instructor. He also attended the New Jersey State Association of the Chiefs Police Command and Leadership Academy and graduated in the Fall 2016 Class.

 

Captain Bucs has also served our Country in the United States Coast Guard where he retired as a Chief Boatswain Mate after 22 years of serves both on active duty and in the reserves. Some of his accomplishment in the Coast Guard was he was a first responders to the TWA Flight 800 plane crash off Long Island, the Duck Boat crash at Penns Landing Philadelphia, the fuel spill of the ATHOS 1 in the Delaware River, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and the 2008 Coast Guard Reservist of the Year.

Promotion - Lieutenant

July 01, 2019

 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Sgt. Brad Hill to the rank of Lieutenant.

 

Lt. Hill graduated from the Camden County Police Academy in 1997 and was assigned to the midnight patrol shift. During his time as a patrol officer, Lt. Hill became a Field Training Officer and is responsible for training most of the senior officers in the department.

 

In 2005, then Ofc. Hill was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he worked numerous cases and developed a reputation for being a solid detective. In 2011 the department moved to an electronic based evidence system as well as began what would become our Criminal Analyst position today. Det. Hill became our main evidence custodian and was trained to disseminate intelligence using our criminal intelligence software.

 

Det. Hill was promoted to Sergeant in 2016 and assigned back to the Patrol Division as a supervisor on the day shift. At this time Sgt. Hill took over administering our Citizen Police Academy in addition to his daily patrol and evidence supervision duties.

 

Lt. Hill will be assigned as the Watch Commander of the Midnight Patrol Shifts.

Promotion - Sergeant

July 01, 2019

 

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce the promotion of Ofc. Don Bankston to the rank of Sergeant.

 

Sgt. Bankston started with the department in 2005 after graduating from the Burlington County Police Academy. Upon completion of the Field Training Officer program, Ofc. Bankston was assigned to the dayshift in the Patrol Division. During his time in the division, Ofc. Bankston became a motorcycle officer as well as a Swat Team member.

 

In 2012 Ofc. Bankston became a School Resource Officer assigned to Willingboro High School and began teaching the DARE program throughout the Willingboro School District. He was also assigned the responsibility of being the department's juvenile officer, who is responsible for monitoring the juvenile issues that the department handles.

 

Sgt. Bankston is now assigned back to the Patrol Division as a day shift patrol supervisor.

Retirement

June 04, 2019

Captain Hawkins is retiring after 24yrs with the Willingboro Police Department. He started his career in 1995 graduating with the 23rd class from the Camden County Police Academy.

After graduating and completing the FTO Program, Aaron was assigned to the midnight shift in the Patrol Division. During his early years Aaron became a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and was selected to join the Swat Team.

 

In August of 2009 Aaron was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Day shift in the Patrol Division. In November of 2011 he was reassigned to the Crime Prevention Unit where he was selected to be the lead officer in our first attempt in the accreditation process with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. He was successful and we received our first accreditation in 2013.

 

Aaron was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June of 2013 and became the Midnight Shift Commander. During this time he also earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison and a Masters Degree in Administrative Leadership from Oklahoma University. In December of 2017 Aaron was promoted for the final time to the rank of Captain and became the Patrol Division Commander until his retirement. Pictured is Aaron upon completion of the National Academy and as a young patrol officer many years ago.

 

We wish Aaron all of the best in the future as he is moving south for warmer weather.

Promotion - Lieutenant

June 04, 2019

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce that Sergeant Adam Donofrio has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Donofrio has been with the department since 2004. Prior to that he was employed with the Burlington County Sheriffs Department.

 

Adam started in the Patrol Division with the midnight shift and was reassigned to the newly created Street Crimes Unit in 2008 where he was highly successful. He became a detective in 2014 assigned to the day shift, later that year he was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

 

Congratulations to Lieutenant Donofrio!!

Promotion - Sergeant

June 04, 2019

Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon is proud to announce that Officer Matthew Kueny has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Officer Kueny started with the department in 1998 and was assigned to the midnight shift in the Patrol Division. He was previously employed with the Baltimore City Police Department.

 

Matthew's prior service with the United States Marine Corps became highly beneficial as he was selected to the Swat Team and became a Firearms Instructor as well as an armorer on every weapon in the department. He soon thereafter became a Field Training Officer and was responsible for training a good deal of the officers that currently work in the department.

 

Congratulations and good luck to Sergeant Kueny!!

PAL Ball Field Clean-Up

May 24, 2019

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, a collaborative effort was undertaken between the Willingboro Police Department, Willingboro Public Works, Willingboro Fire Department, Willingboro Communications Department and community members to clean up the P.A.L. ball field located at South Sunset Road and Pennypacker Drive.  These devoted members of our public services and our community cleaned up the field, provided lawn care, painted the dugouts, and painted the snack shack.  Funding for the cleanup was procured through a grant generated from the Willingboro Public Works.  In addition, Gaetano's of Pennypacker donated lunch to this hardworking group of volunteers.  Job well done by all who lent a helping hand!

Click on the image or on the button below for a photo gallery of the before, during, and after photos.

Narcotics Search Warrant

May 07, 2019

On May 6, 2019 the Willingboro Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Willingboro Swat Team executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the unit block of Tallwood Lane. Two subjects were arrested as a result of the execution. Detectives recovered quantities of Marijuana and prescription drugs along with a CZ52 semi-automatic handgun. The search warrant was the result of a month long investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics from the home.

 

Arrested: Christopher Lewis (52ys old), Willingboro, NJ

 

Charges: Possession of Marijuana (Over 50g.)
                Possession of CDS
                Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute
                Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone
                Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
                Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

 

Mr. Lewis was processed and lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a court hearing.

 

 

Arrested: Christopher Lewis Jr. (25yrs old),  Willingboro, NJ

 

Charges: Possession of Marijuana (Under 50g.)

 

Mr. Lewis Jr. was processed and released on a summons pending a court hearing.

 

*All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.