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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:05 pm | Updated: 2:30 pm, Fri Jul 20, 2012.

A three-week operation to crack down on violence in Atlantic City resulted in 58 arrests and the seizure of thousands of dollars in drugs and 12 guns.

At least one gun was recovered during nine of the 12 outings that involved the Police Department’s vice, intelligence and tactical teams along with the Atlantic City Task Force, Lt. James Sarkos said.

“One statistic that can’t be captured is the crimes that were deterred and did not occur as a result of this targeted enforcement in violent areas,” Capt. Tim Friel said.

In addition to 11 handguns and a shotgun, police also recovered $3,620 worth of heroin, $370 each of cocaine and ecstasy and $235 in marijuana.

“This is a great example of the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic City Task Force pooling our resources in an effort to deter crime and increase the quality of life for Atlantic City residents,” Sarkos said.

The Atlantic City Task force is overseen by the state Attorney General’s Office and combines city police with officers from county, state and federal agencies.

Those arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon were Thomas Lahart, 27, of Philadelphia; Jared Baylor, 22, of Camden; Joshua Burton, 21, and Ibn Abdullah, 19, both of Pleasantville; Shawn Smith, 20; Robert Morgan, 21; Christopher Weldon, 26; and a 17-year-old juvenile, all of Atlantic City; and Rodney Marshall, 21, of Galloway Township.

Abdullah and the juvenile both were charged with having two weapons, along with possession of hollow-point bullets and possession of stolen property.

Baylor, who previously served prison time for drug and weapon offenses, was additionally charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Smith was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of ecstasy and possession with intent to distribute.

Morgan faces additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense, and two counts each of possession with intent to distribute and possession within 500 feet of a park.

Also facing additional charges were Burton, for resisting and obstruction, and Marshall, for possession by a convicted felon and possession of hollow-point ammunition.

Police arrested and charged 49 others with drug and other offenses.

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