ATLANTIC CITY — Representatives of a Route 40 motel where an alligator was found after a drug raid two weeks ago are scheduled to meet with city officials Sept. 7 to discuss the property’s future.
City officials said the Bayview Inn & Suites, which also was the site of an Aug. 19 fire, has been deemed unsafe and has structural issues that must be addressed or the property faces demolition.
During the past week, city officials have been in talks with architects for the motel about possible improvements. The owners of the motel had until Monday to address the problems.
On Aug. 15, authorities found a 3-foot-long alligator swimming in the motel’s pool after an early morning drug bust by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. A fire four days later at the motel has been deemed suspicious, Fire Chief Scott Evans said.
“Investigators are still trying to set up interviews with people,” Evans said of the investigation into the fire.
While most of the fire was contained to one unit, it extended to the second-floor units and the units on either side of it. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes, and residents were relocated.
Several people were arrested during the raid, and drugs, weapons and other animals were recovered. Detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, along with local law enforcement, searched the motel’s 80 rooms, Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement.
Among those arrested were Jamal Campos, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, who was charged with strict liability homicide for a drug-induced death, first-degree leader of a narcotics ring, possession with intent to distribute 100 wax folds of heroin and possession of heroin.
Thirty-three people, including men, women and children, were removed from the property, and seven people were arrested on unrelated warrants.