Chief Winters joined Chief Earle of Gloucester Twp. and all of the members of the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force as the Camden County Freeholders announced a proclamation declaring August 31, 2015 as Overdose Awareness Day.
On August 12, 2014, Governor Christie, as part of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) commitment to raising overdose prevention awareness and combating stigma, proclaimed August 31, 2014 as Overdose Awareness Day. This was the first proclaimed Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey and it coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day which began in August of 2001 in Australia and has been recognized annually in countries throughout the world to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
On July 22, 2015 at approximately 12:00pm Pine Hill Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Turnersville Road for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival of the initial responding officers the operator of the vehicle was located in the vehicle and unconscious. Although the power lines were lying in the area of the vehicle, officers were able to safely remove the operator, identified as Erin Sanderlin of Berlin. EMS on location administered naloxone, successfully reversing an apparent opiate overdose. Two passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash at were identified as the operator’s husband, Brett Sanderlin of Berin and a two year old female. All involved parties were transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries and evaluation. Continued investigation into the cause of the crash led to the seizure of equipment used to crush and inhale pills.
On August 3, 2015 at approximately 7:00pm, Officers serving an arrest warrant in the 100 block of E. Branch Avenue smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana while in the residence. Continued investigation led to the seizure of eight (8) marijuana plants, marijuana growing equipment, packaging and distribution materials and schedule III narcotics. A .50 caliber muzzle-load rifle with scope and a cross bow, both accessible to a minor were also seized at the residence. Raymond Morgan, of the 100 block of E. Branch Avenue was taken into custody at the scene, processed accordingly and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of bail. The NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (Formerly DYFS) was notified of the arrest.
On August 18, 2015 at approximately 6:00am, Officers from the Pine Hill Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Suburban Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Lower Camden County and Gloucester Twp. Special Response Teams executed three search warrants in the 1600 block and 3700 block of the Tall Pines development. The search warrants were the result of a two month joint investigation conducted by the Pine Hill Police Department and the Task Force into the distribution of heroin in the Tall Pines community and surrounding area.
Beginning on Monday, August 24, 2015 Asphalt Paving Systems will begin milling and resurfacing on Turnersville Road starting in the area of Berlin-Cross Keys Road. The milling and resurfacing will be in addition to the ongoing road improvements, which include handicap ramp improvements, storm sewer improvements, replacement of selective curb, driveway aprons, and sidewalks. The work will be completed between 7:00am and 3:00pm. Traffic patterns will include lane shifting and alternating flow through the work zone.
On July 5, 2015 Pine Hill Police Officers assigned to a directed patrol in the area of the 100 block of Blackwood-Clementon Road due to increased narcotic activity conducted a motor vehicle stop for an equipment violation. During the motor vehicle stop and subsequent investigation, the passenger, identified as Michael Martz, was arrested for possession of thirty bags of Heroin. Continued investigation led to charges for possession of Heroin with intent to distribute within 500ft of a school, possession of CDS paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Michael Martz was processed accordingly and committed to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of bail.
The Pine Hill Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2015 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 21 and running through September 7, Pine Hill Officers will conduct roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Crack-Cocaine & PCP with Intent to Distribute
On August 10, 2015 at 8:45pm a Pine Hill Officer patrolling the 300 block of Blackwood-Clementon Road observed a male walking in the area who the Officer knew to have an active warrant for his arrest. The Officer approached the male, identified as Jason I. Williams of Pine Hill and attempted to take him into custody. The suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands and resisted being taken into custody, but was ultimately taken into custody without injury to the officer or suspect. Continued investigation at the scene led to the seizure of 15 bags of suspected Crack-Cocaine and 7 grams of suspected PCP. Williams was processed accordingly and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of cash bail.
On May 3, 2013 Governor Christie signed into law the Overdose Prevention Act. Essentially, the Overdose Prevention Act encompasses both the “Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act” and the “Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act” which encourages individuals to call 9-1-1 and seek emergency assistance in cases of overdose and expands access to the lifesaving medication, naloxone.