A traffic stop in Atlantic City on Monday led to the discovery of more than $4,000 worth of heroin, police said.

The incident took place at about 2 p.m., police said, when a four-door white Nissan drove through a red light on North Massachusetts Avenue, police said.

After the car was stopped, “the rear seat passenger hurriedly attempted to exit, stuffing an item down the front of his pants,” police said.

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Detective James Herbert detained the man, Lawrence Owens, 25, of Atlantic City, who later turned over 46 bags of marijuana packaged for sale, police said.

The driver, Hakeem Ragsdale, 22, of Atlantic City, was also holding suspected marijuana in his hand upon being stopped, police said. The front seat passenger, Aaron Culver, 21, of Somers Point, had rented the car.

Further investigation revealed 439 bags of suspected heroin packaged for sale within the car, police said, with a street value of more than $4,000.

All three were charged with heroin possession, possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent within 500 feet of Fishermans Park and 1,000 feet of the Uptown Complex.

Owens was charged with similar marijuana possession and possession with intent charges, and Ragsdale was also charged with marijuana possession.

Bail was set at $100,000 for each suspect. They were all taken to the Atlantic County jail.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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