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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:15 am | Updated: 7:49 am, Thu Sep 16, 2010.

Two people were arrested at a Somers Point motel Wednesday morning after a three-month investigation, during which undercover officers bought more than 900 bags of heroin, a handgun and ammunition, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.

Search warrant in hand, officers raided a room at the Owl Motel on West New York Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and seized 100 bags of heroin, one-fourth ounce of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, guns, ammunition, a car and $3,680 in cash, Housel said.

Dante Selby, 33, who lived at the motel, was arrested and charged with distribution of more than half an ounce of heroin, distribution within 500 feet of public housing, distribution within 1,000 feet of a school and weapons offenses, Housel said. He was taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $500,000 cash bail.

A 30-year-old woman who also lived at the motel was charged with possession of less than half an ounce of cocaine and was released on a summons, Housel said.

Somers Point Detective Roy Gandy and Prosecutor’s Office Detective Daniel Kallen began the investigation in June, Housel said. Over the course of three months, officers bought more than 900 bags of heroin and a .38-caliber handgun.

Selby recently served about a month in prison for simple assault and criminal trespassing charges out of Cape May County, according to the state Department of Corrections Web site. He was released in March.

If convicted of the second-degree crimes in this case, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $150,000 in fines, Housel said.

Contact Elaine Rose:

609-272-7215

ERose@pressofac.com

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