An Atlantic City anti-violence advocate who said she is targeted for speaking out against criminals is charged with being one - again.

Rahshine Curry, 38, was arrested Thursday afternoon while allegedly selling drugs near Brown's Park, Sgt. James Sarkos said. A search of her home also uncovered a 2½-foot alligator.

On Sunday morning, police were called to Curry's Cedar Avenue home after someone shot into the property. A bullet just missed hitting her teenage son, who was lying on the couch, she said. Police recovered shell casings but made no arrests.

Curry has said she lives in fear because people want her dead for speaking out against the violence. On Aug. 30, she was arrested after witnesses claimed she shot a gun into a crowd. Curry denied even owning a gun, saying she was inside her home calling police about the shots she heard when an officer arrived at her door. She was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. No gun was recovered.

Thursday's drug sweep also included 15 other arrests, after residents near Brown's Park - including those in the Schoolhouse Apartments - complained of the drug activity in the neighborhood, Sarkos said. The department's Special Investigations Section and TAC Team, with the help of the Atlantic City Task Force, conducted the operation.

In total, police seized 80 bags of heroin with a street value of $800, as well as about $210 in crack and $100 worth of marijuana. They also took $552 believed to be the proceeds of drug sales.

When police searched Curry's home, they found the alligator - which was turned over to Atlantic County Animal Control. The discovery of an alligator was not a first in the city. On Sept. 16, police found two small alligators inside a home on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue during a drug bust there. They also seized a pound of marijuana, a gun and money.

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