ATLANTIC CITY - A city teen was arrested Monday after running from police and allegedly tossing an uncut rock of crack cocaine worth nearly $8,000.
Detectives Mike Ruzzo and James Barrett were behind a car on Pennsylvania Avenue at about 3:40 p.m. when it pulled over at the Boys and Girls Club, and the passenger ran out with a large white object, Sgt. Rodney Ruark said.
The detectives recognized him as Arrod Moore, 19, and ran after him. He allegedly threw the object into a bush before running inside the club.
Barrett picked up the bag and saw it was crack, Ruark said, measuring at 106 grams.
"Based on the way it was recovered, it was in its form before it's broken down into baggies for street distribution," Ruark said.
Once broken down, it would have fetched nearly $8,000 on the street, Ruark said.
Moore, 19, was arrested after Ruzzo chased him through the club and out the Drexel Avenue side. He is charged with drug possession, possession of more than a half-ounce, possession within 500 feet of a public building and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $100,000.
He was arrested in February - when he was 18 - for allegedly being part of a drive-by shooting in Pleasantville. No one was wounded. Moore was charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and resisting arrest.
The 2010 Atlantic City High School graduate was previously sentenced in juvenile court for unlawful possession of a weapon when he was 17, according to information from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office released at that time. He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Training School for Boys and probation on an ankle bracelet.
The driver was checked and released without being charged, Ruark said.
"Mr. Moore was in possession of the drugs, so the driver would not be charged with anything," he said.
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