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Two guns recovered during two Pleasantville car stops within 24 hours

Updated: May 13

Pleasantville police seized two guns during two separate car stops in less than 24 hours this week. Street Crimes Unit Officers Ryan VanSyckle, Girard Tell and Officer-in-Training Mike Mabkhouti a gun in the waistband of a passenger during a stop at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Matt Hartman said. The officers stopped Alexander Ortiz, 19, of Atlantic City, citing him for failure to wear a seat and obstruction of view, according to the report. During the stop at West Bayview and Alder avenues, they found the passenger, Yondaury Moya-Delacruz, had a handgun in his waistband, Hartman said. They also found marijuana on him and drug paraphernalia on both men. Ortiz was released on a summons. Moya-Delacruz was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. At about 12:30 p.m. the next day, the same team stopped James Thompson driving in the area of Woodland Avenue and New Road. During the stop, the officers asked for assistance from a Galloway Township police K-9 dog. The dog alerted that there were drugs in the car, Hartman said. The officers found 1.6 ounces of suspected cocaine, along with a loaded handgun, additional hollow-point ammunition and $3,100 in cash. Thompson, 47, of Pleasantville, was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun during the commission of a drug offense, possession of prohibited devices for the bullets, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute. He is being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.


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