LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — An early morning raid at a township apartment on Radio Road resulted in the arrest of two Atlantic County men who were in possession of 50 bags of heroin, authorities said.

The arrest of Pawali L. Hood, 22, and Joseph Snapp III, 23, are the first for the new Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Southern Task Force, Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said.

Coronato formed the southern unit last month along with a unit in northern Ocean County to fight what he says is a heroin epidemic in the region. Last month, nine people died in an eight-day period in Ocean County from heroin overdoses.

When authorities raided the apartment Wednesday morning where the men were staying they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Coronato said.

Hood and Snapp were both charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The two were transported to the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, where they are being held on $30,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

Assisting the Task Force with the raid and the arrest were the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, the Little Egg Harbor Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff's Department and Stafford Township Police K9 Unit.

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