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May 27, 2016

Police: Five arrested in pair of drug busts in Camden

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Johnnies Liquor (left) and Bellmawr Laundromat (right) in Camden, New Jersey.

Five people were arrested in a pair of drug busts in Camden, New Jersey, officials announced on Friday.

According to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh, the arrests were the result of a months-long investigation into two locations in the Borough of Bellmawr.

Authorities seized 74 bags of heroin, 25 bags of crack cocaine, 245 oxycodone pills, 12 tramadol pills, four suboxone sublingual strips, less than an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and about $56,000 in cash during the bust.

Dominique Green, 27, and Armando Rosario, 59, both of Bellmawr, were taken into custody for alleged drug activity at the Bellmawr Laundromat on 831 Browning Road.

Green was charged with eight counts of possession of heroin and crack cocaine, seven counts of distribution of heroin and cocaine and one count of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance. Rosario was charged with four counts of possession of oxycodone pills and four counts of distribution of oxycodone pills.

Three owners of Johnnies Liquor located across the street at 834 West Browning Road were also apprehended. Jalat Patel, 46, Rakesh Patel, 43, and Dhananjaya Patel, 48, all of Somerdale, were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and distribution in a school zone.

The investigation was conducted by Camden County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Unit and Bellmawr Police.