A Galloway Township man and woman were charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses after authorities seized crystal methamphetamine and a loaded gun from their home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Friday.

On Oct. 26, a court-authorized search warrant was executed at the residence of Louis Hilton, 50, and Julie Naia, 49, Tyner said.

As a result, detectives and agents recovered more than 5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, a fully loaded .357 Magnum revolver, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, evidence of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang affiliation and a large sum of money, Tyner said.

Hilton and Naia were charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon (a firearm) while in the course of committing a drug offense, conspiracy and possession of crystal methamphetamine, Tyner said.

Hilton also was charged with certain persons not to have weapons (firearm), due to past criminal convictions that prohibit him from possessing a weapon, Tyner said.

On Friday, a detention hearing was held for both suspects, with Chief Assistant Prosecutor Anne Crater appearing for the state, Tyner said. Hilton will remain at the Atlantic County jail, and Naia was released on a bracelet and required to report to the court’s Pre-Trial Services Unit, he said.

The warrant was executed by members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Atlantic City RA, New Jersey State Police and Galloway Township Police Department and assistance from Atlantic County SWAT, Tyner said.

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