An Atlantic City man wanted as part of the federal crackdown on a local drug gang was arrested Wednesday after he was seen pushing a car he is accused of stealing down Route 30.
Police responded to an armed carjacking at Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Adriatic Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, but the victim was uncooperative, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. Sgt. Kevin Fair recalled a previous encounter with the unnamed victim in June and remembered the car and license plate information, according to the report.
Hours later, at about 4:45 a.m. Thursday, K-9 Officer Michelle Clark — who was off-duty — was traveling on Route 30 when she saw the car being pushed by two men fitting the carjackers' description over the bridge near a former casino workers’ parking area and called dispatch.
Sgt. Richard Johnson stopped the men, and identified one as Ibn Abdullah, 21, an alleged member of the city's Dirty Blok gang, who has been wanted since a federal raid of alleged members and associates of the Stanley Holmes Village-based group. Abdullah originally said he was Lamar Johnson, according to the report.
Bullets were found on Abdullah, but no handgun, McMenamin said.
K-9 Officer Sterling Wheaton and his partner, Hagan, searched for a gun, but never found one. Keys to the vehicle were discovered by the team in the marsh.
Abdullah is charged with drug conspiracy, including distribution of more than a kilogram of cocaine. He also was wanted on an outstanding 2012 warrant for possession of a weapon in an Atlantic City motor vehicle stop.
Abdullah will be held on the federal warrant, which allows for no bail.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges could come against the other male, whose identity had not been released Saturday.
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