When a Galloway man didn't show up for a court hearing, officers came to his house — and found thousands of dollars in drugs and a loaded gun, officials said Monday.

Ruben Sewell and roommate Lavelle Davis, both 33, were arrested Friday on charges that included running a drug-manufacturing facility, officials said.

Members of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshal’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrived at the Buck Drive home early Friday and found drugs in the bedroom, Deputy Attorney General Jim Ruberton said. After getting a search warrant and contacting the Atlantic City Task Force, officers recovered a .40-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, more than 18 bricks of heroin, 81 grams of packaged cocaine, 530 grams of pure cocaine and about 6 grams of marijuana, Ruberton said.

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The drugs totaled more than $32,500, with officers finding an additional $32,000 in cash, believed to be proceeds from drug sales. They also found drug-packaging equipment, including scales and stamps, along with a money counter.

The investigation was led by Sheriff’s Officer Anthony Branca along with the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit.

Sewell, who is being held on $150,000 full cash bail, has a criminal history dating to 1998, when he was 18, court records show. He has previously pleaded guilty to robbery and drug charges. Davis previously served prison time on assault charges. He was freed in August 2010 and is now being held on $125,000 full cash bail.

The arrests underscore an ongoing heroin problem in the area, Ruberton said. Part of the role of the Atlantic City Task Force is to keep those drugs out of the resort.

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