It's a new dark chapter in the story of the drug epidemic wreaking havoc on New Jersey communities near and far and the devil is running rampant.

Three more New Jersey residents are now behind bars for their calculated scheme, play to pour massive amounts of drugs, including Heroin, into Ocean County and Atlantic County.

Their arrests come as the result of a multi-law enforcement agency investigation that was looking into the distribution of Heroin, Fentanyl, Meth, and Cocaine in these counties, as announced by Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.

In this probe, Prosecutor Billhimer said that "Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Narcotics Strike Force collaborated with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas-Monmouth/Ocean Post of Duty (HIDTA/MOPOD) Group 5, United States Drug Enforcement Administration Aviation Unit, United States Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police - Trafficking Central Unit, New Jersey State Police Hamilton Barracks, Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Lakewood Township Police Department, Point Pleasant Borough Police Department, Lacey Township Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, Atlantic County SWAT, Hamilton Township Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department, and Atlantic City SWAT" were involved and it led to several discoveries.

First, investigators found where the drugs were coming from and learned that three residences were being used to store the narcotics -- two homes in Mays Landing and at another in Atlantic City.

Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Then, on August 18, the Detectives set up a sting, with both mobile and stationary surveillance, outside the homes.

Out came 27-year-old Khaadim Abdullah of Mays Landing who ventured off to Little Egg Harbor Township but en route, Prosecutor Billhimer said that he was spotted on the Garden State Parkway by the New Jersey State Police from the Trafficking Central Unit and New Jersey State Police Hamilton Barracks and the U.S. D.E.A. Aviation Unit.

Abdullah then hopped off the parkway and drove along a dirt road in Galloway Township, got out, took off on foot, and tossed everything into the woods as he ventured away.

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Police arrested him a short time later and without further incident.

Meanwhile, detectives executed court-authorized search warrants at the three aforementioned homes, Prosecutor Billhimer said,  and that's where they found a combined amount of "approximately 14 ounces of methamphetamine, 3,550 wax folds of heroin, paraphernalia indicative of narcotics manufacturing and distribution, a stolen handgun, and $14, 900 in United States Currency."

Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
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After that, 21-year-old Yaniah Harmon of Mays Landing and 49-year-old Falerria Smith of Atlantic City were arrested and all three were charged with storing and distributing illegal narcotics.

Prosecutor Billhimer detailed each of the charges all three are facing stemming from this narcotics investigation spanning two counties.

(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
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Abdullah remains jailed in Ocean County after he was charged with "Maintaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4; Distribution of Five Ounces or more of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(8); Possession of more than Five Ounces of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(8); Distribution of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Conspiracy to Distribute more than Five Ounces Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(8); Conspiracy to Distribute more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2); Possession of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2a: Certain Person Not to Possess a Firearm in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-7b(1); Possession of a Weapon During a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1a; Receiving a Stolen Firearm in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a; Possession of a Prohibited Weapon or Device - specifically a High Capacity Magazine - in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j; Eluding in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b; and Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25a." 

Ocean County Jail Cell, O-C DOC Web Site
Ocean County Jail Cell, O-C DOC WebSite
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Harmon was served with a summons to appear in Ocean County Superior Court after being charged with "Conspiracy to Distribute more than Five Ounces of Methamphetamine in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(8), as well as Conspiracy, to Distribute more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2)."

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Smith was also served with a summons to appear in Ocean County Superior Court after being charged with "Conspiracy to Possess more than One-Half Ounce but less than Five Ounces of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2)."

Photo: Shawn Michaels
Photo: Shawn Michaels
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Prosecutor Billhimer concluded the arrests and investigation announcement by crediting the following agencies: " the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration – HIDTA/MOPOD Group 5, United States Drug Enforcement Administration Aviation Unit, United States Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police - Trafficking Central Unit, New Jersey State Police Hamilton Barracks, Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Lakewood Township Police Department, Point Pleasant Borough Police Department, Lacey Township Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, Atlantic County SWAT, Hamilton Township Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department, and Atlantic City SWAT."

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