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Mercer County Narcotics Task Force seizes $88,000 in heroin

The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a month-long investigation Thursday night with one arrest and the seizure of $88,000 in heroin and more than $17,000 in cash, law enforcement officials said.

At about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 14, officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hamilton and Trenton police observed the target of their investigation exit his Race Street residence and enter the adjacent alley. Believing that the suspect, Jamal Evans, was heading to his stash location to retrieve narcotics, officers attempted to detain him. Evans ran from officers and discarded a bag into the neighboring yard. He was then taken into custody without incident.

A search of Evans’ Race Street residence revealed cash totaling $17,531 in his bedroom and living room. The bag Evans discarded was found to contain 15 bricks of heroin. Further investigation revealed an additional 426 bricks of heroin in the neighboring yard. Officials said the heroin has a street value of about $88,000.

Evans, age 26, of Race Street in Trenton has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with the intent to distribute, possession with the intent  to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center until is court appearance.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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