CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man made his initial court appearance today on charges of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Joseph C. Long, 30, of Bellmawr, New Jersey, was charged by complaint with two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The defendant was previously arrested by state authorities. He appeared by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider and was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Jan. 15, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Long’s apartment. Long was seen jumping out of the second-floor bedroom window and was later apprehended. Inside the apartment, officers found powder cocaine, crack cocaine, packaging and distribution related items, and over $3,400 in cash.
Each drug charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer; the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson; and the Bellmawr Police Department, under the direction of Chief William P. Walsh; with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg in Camden.
The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.