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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — An Egg Harbor Township man was arrested earlier this month after police found four loaded handguns in his car, less than a week before police found a handgun in the trunk of a Vineland man’s car.

About 11 p.m. Feb. 16, K-9 Officer Michael Guzman stopped a car on Harding Highway near Main Road for operating with an equipment violation, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

After the stop, Lashawn Crawford, 20, of Egg Harbor Township, was arrested when police in this Gloucester County township found marijuana and four loaded handguns in his car, police said.

He was charged with multiple weapons and narcotics offenses and held in the Salem County jail pending a detention hearing.

Less than a week earlier, about 4 p.m. Feb. 11, township patrol officers went to the intersection of Tuckahoe and Janvier roads after a report of a minor car crash, police said. There, they found Jamaal Harris Jr., 20, of Vineland, who was driving the car that crashed.

Police determined that Harris had a controlled dangerous substance, police said. When officers told him that his car would be searched and impounded because he had no insurance, he became combative and resisted arrest, police said.

Harris was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was released with a pending court date.

Harris’ car was towed from the intersection and police were granted a search warrant by a Gloucester County Superior Court Judge, police said. They executed the search warrant on Thursday and found a Browning .22 caliber handgun in the trunk, which was checked through the National Crime Information center and found to be stolen from a firearms dealer in Georgia.

Harris turned himself in to township police Friday and was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and receiving stolen property. He was remanded to the Salem County jail pending a detention hearing.

Contact: 609-272-7241


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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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