The alleged leader of a gun- and drug-trafficking organization operating in Atlantic County is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. 

Kenneth J. Burrell, 39, of Egg Harbor City, was arrested and charged with being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network that ended in Atlantic County, according to a statement from Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

In addition to Burrell, 15 others were arrested in connection with the network.

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Some of the others arrested in connection with the ring are also scheduled to appear Wednesday morning for detention hearings at Atlantic County Superior Court. 

Authorities on March 30 arrested 16 people, seized 21 guns and more than 10,000 bags of heroin and fentanyl, the statement said.

Local, state and federal authorities executed five search warrants starting at 4 a.m. Thursday in the Egg Harbor City area and seized handguns, shotguns, rifles, automatic weapons, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid, the statement said.

These arrests followed a two-month investigation from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the Galloway Township and Pleasantville police departments, which interrupted a gun operation ending in Atlantic County, the statement said. 

Burrell was additionally charged with illegal transport of firearms, seven counts of possession of a handgun during the commission of certain crimes, and conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, the statement said.

The prosecutor's office said the others arrested and charged include:

•  Tyson Nieves, 25, of Egg Harbor City, charged with seven weapons offenses, including possession of handguns for unlawful purposes, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and illegal transport of firearms.

•  Scott Dorn, 18, of Egg Harbor City, charged with illegal transport of firearms, possession of a handgun during the commission of certain crimes and four other weapons offenses.

•  Leonard Allen, 26, of Egg Harbor City, charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four other weapons offenses.

•  Samuel Davis Jr., 22, of Mullica Township, charged with possession of a shotgun, possession with intent/distribution of heroin, and three other gun-and-drug-related counts.

•  Brian Foster, 19, of Egg Harbor City, charged with possession of a handgun while distributing a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent/distribution of heroin and three other charges.

•  Joshua Sims, 18, of Augusta, Georgia, charged with six counts related to weapons, including illegal transport of firearms, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes-community gun and unlawful possession of a handgun.

•  Umar Salahuddin, 25, of Egg Harbor City, charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes and seven other drug-and-gun-related offenses.

•  Catoby Collier and Dawayne Fleming, both 40 and from Egg Harbor City, each faces two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, multiple counts of distribution of controlled dangerous substances within 1,000 feet of school property and four other drug-and-gun related offenses.

•  Isaiah Cooper, 27, of Pleasantville, charged with possession of an assault firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes and five other weapons offenses.

Others arrested Thursday and charged with drug offenses:

•  Timothy David, 19, of Mullica Township

•  Sara A. Davis, 24, of Mullica Township

•  Hiram Matos-Aviles, 20, of Egg Harbor City

•  Rodney Cline, 34, of Egg Harbor City

•  Tariek L. Mack, 27, of Galloway Township.

Check back tomorrow for updates on this story. 

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