Atlantic City and Pleasantville police arrested one man and are looking for his son following a two-month drug investigation that resulted in more than $6,000 worth of cocaine.
Police recovered 62.4 grams of cocaine at a home in the 300 block of Ashland Avenue in Pleasantville at about 10 a.m. Thursday, after the investigation headed by Atlantic City Vice Detective Will Herrerias, Lt. James Sarkos said. They also seized $420 in cash believed to be proceeds of criminal activity.
Pleasantville Detective Chris Taggart assisted in the investigation.
Donald Hawkins Sr. 49, of Pleasantville, is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of more than a half-ounce of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Police are now looking for Hawkins' son, Donald Jr. -- known as Goldie, 26. He is wanted on the same charges.
Hawkins Sr. is in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 full cash bail.
Hawkins Jr. was arrested in May when he and another man discarded guns during a foot pursuit in Atlantic City, police said at the time.
A semi-automatic 9mm Luger loaded with hollow-point bullets and a loaded semi-automatic .40-caliber Smith & Wesson were recovered at that time.
Hawkins was arrested on weapons charges, including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He previously served a 21-month sentence for drug and weapons charges.
In October 2010, Hawkins was shot three times while a passenger in a vehicle in Pleasantville. He was struck in the right shoulder, right hip and left buttock. He also is the man whose beating of an Atlantic City man allegedly led to the 2011 fatal abduction of Nadirah Ruffin, 19.
Anyone with information about Hawkins Jr.'s whereabouts should call the Atlantic City police at 609-347-5858. Information may also be called in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or texted to tip411 (847411) beginning the message with ACPD.