Loaded guns, drugs seized in Salem raid

Jeremy Pickett, 30, of Salem has been charged with weapons and drug offenses, authorities say. (Salem County Correctional Facility)

Original article: http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2016/02/loaded_guns_drugs_seized_in_salem_raid.html

By Bill Gallo Jr. | For NJ.com


Two loaded handguns and a cache of drugs — all allegedly packaged for sale on the street — have been seized from a city man who was the target of a drug investigation, authorities said.

The arrest of Jeremy Pickett, 30, was the culmination of a month-long investigation of drug activity around Sinnickson Street, an area long known for crime, by the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and the Salem Police Department.

On Friday, detectives spotted Pickett just after 3 p.m. driving on Smith Street in Salem. They executed a search warrant on Pickett’s vehicle and his home on Sinnickson Street.

In Pickett’s vehicle, authorities said, a loaded 9mm handgun was found. Then at his home, a loaded 40 caliber handgun was seized.

But, authorities said, a weapon was not the only thing found in Pickett’s home. More than a pound of marijuana along with cocaine, heroin and drug distribution paraphernalia was allegedly discovered and seized.

According to officials, the drugs allegedly found in Pickett’s home were packaged for distribution and they had a street value of more than $2,400.

Pickett was charged with possession of marijuana in a quantity, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine in a quantity of less than one-half ounce with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute while within 1,000 feet of school property (John Fenwick School), two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon during the commission of a controlled dangerous substance offense, possession of a defaced firearm, certain persons prohibited from possessing a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.

Pickett was taken to the Salem County Correctional Facility, Mannington Township, on $100,000 bail.