Camden cops praise resident, state lawmaker in huge heroin bust
A New Jersey state assemblyman is being credited with helping lead cops to a major drug bust last week in North Camden, where a city man allegedly had more than 1,500 baggies of heroin in his car, officials said.
Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, D-Camden, a retired city police lieutenant, initially received a tip from a resident about "the potential for a criminal act" in the neighborhood last Thursday, police said. Officials then stepped up patrols in North Camden, which led to a traffic stop of a car driven by Larry James.
The 20-year-old James allegedly threw a plastic bag as he got out of the car at Ninth and State streets and then began running, police said. He was caught four blocks away.
Officers eventually discovered four boxes containing 1,525 baggies.
Wilson praised the resident who provided the initial tip that led to the increased police presence and said cooperation would lead to more busts.
"This shows what can happen when the community and the police have an open dialogue,” Wilson said. "Even though I’ve been retired for 18 years, people still feel comfortable reaching out to me about what’s going on in their neighborhoods. That’s the sort of relationship the men and women of the Camden County Police Department are now building with the community."
Camden County police Chief J. Scott Thomson called the seizure of so many baggies "one of the largest street package drug seizures in recent memory."