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August 29, 2015

Eight arrested in Atlantic County narcotics investigation

Authorities seize heroin, vehicles, weapons, and prescription drugs in bust

A two-month narcotics investigation in New Jersey's Egg Harbor City and surrounding areas led to the arrest of 8 people and the seizure of heroin, currency, vehicles, prescription pills, and Fentanyl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Friday.

In total, authorities seized 4,000 bags of heroin, 30 grams of uncut heroin, $13,000 in U.S. currency, three vehicles, and an undisclosed amount of prescription pills and Fentanyl.

The investigation was a joint effort by the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, the Egg Harbor City Police Department, the Galloway Township Police Department, and the Hamilton Township Police Department. Authorities said several search warrants were executed in the course of the investigation.

David Brewington, 26, Donna Erickson, 43, and Malcom Bownes, 26, all of Egg Harbor City, are charged with Possession of Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Heroin in a Public Zone, and Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics.

According to, a parallel, month-long investigation in Egg Harbor Township yielded 1242 bags heroin, 2 assault rifles and Fentanyl valued at a total of $10,000. 28-year-old Roberto Curry, arrested Wednesday, faces multiple charges including maintaining a drug production facility, heroin distribution, possession of two assault rifles, possession of assault rifles as a prohibited person and drug distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

Curry was ordered held in lieu of $500,000, full cash bail.

Following the bust, McClain urged members of the public to report possible drug distribution by contacting local police or anonymously calling the Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-TIPS (8477).