ATLANTIC CITY — Three city men were arrested on various drug and weapons charges in two separate incidents Thursday afternoon, police said.
At 1:05 p.m., Officers Joseph Kelly and Matthew Stollenwerk responded to complaints from citizens and merchants about a group of people loitering and possibly selling or in possession of drugs in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue, police said.
Police said the officers saw two men on bicycles stopped in a lane of traffic speaking with the driver of a parked car, causing traffic delays. As the officers approached the men, they began to ride away heading south on Indiana Avenue. The officers chased the men on foot before loosing sight of the suspects at Pacific Avenue, police said.
The two men, identified as Tyshand Lamar, 28, and Marqua Graham-Hampton, 24, were later spotted by surveillance center officers monitoring the police department’s Boardwalk cameras.
Officers Alberto Valles and Christopher Dodson responded and found Lamar and Graham-Hampton near the beach block of Michigan Avenue.
Police said Graham-Hampton removed a handgun from his waistband and threw it under a parked car. Graham-Hampton was arrested without incident after being found with a quantity of marijuana and $3,600 in counterfeit money.
Lamar ran from officers, but was apprehended near the Bally’s Hotel and Casino bus lobby. Lamar was found with 340 bags of heroin, marijuana, $1,700 in counterfeit money and $930 cash.
He was charged with multiple counts of drug possession and distribution, intent to distribute, obstruction of the law, unlawful possession of a weapon, certain person not to possess a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense, tampering with physical evidence, and conspiracy.
Lamar was also found to have two active arrest warrants in Pennsylvania and was additionally charged with contempt of court and being a fugitive.
A second case occurred at the same time several blocks away. Det. Darrin Lorady was investigating ongoing drug activity at the Carolina Village Apartment complex on North Carolina Avenue. Police said a group of men were reported to be loitering around the apartment complex.
After being found with a small bag of possible drugs around his neck, a marijuana cigarette and a loaded handgun in a bag, Quanife Wynn, 18, of Atlantic City, was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point bullets and drug possession.
All three men were taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Atlantic City, pending a first court appearance.