Atlantic City public safety building

The Atlantic City Public Safety building file photo taken on April 7, 2017.

ATLANTIC CITY — A tip from a concerned citizen Tuesday led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of a gun and drugs, police said Wednesday.

Sgt. Richard Andrews received information that Patrice Dowe Jr., 25, of Galloway Township, was in possession of a handgun and in the area of Stanley Holmes Village, Sgt. Kevin Fair said in a news release.

Andrews set up surveillance and found Dowe as he was entering a car in the area, Fair said.

Andrews watched Dowe and the driver, Braheem Norwood, 23, of Mays Landing, engage in drug activity and notified detectives, Fair said. The vehicle then drove away.

Detective Brian Hambrecht found the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop in Adams Court, Fair said, adding Hambrecht smelled the odor of marijuana when Dowe lowered his window and saw a bag of marijuana on the floor.

Dowe exited the vehicle and immediately moved his hands to the area of his waistband, Fair said.

Hambrecht attempted to grab Dowe’s hands and felt a gun in Dowe’s waistband, Fair said. With assistance from Officers Ryan Mullin and Robert Reynolds, Dowe was placed in custody and the loaded handgun was safely removed, he said.

Hambrecht recovered the bag that contained 23 grams of marijuana, as well as 80 bags of heroin, a small amount of cocaine and seven amphetamine pills, Fair said.

Norwood was arrested after a bag containing three grams of marijuana was found on the driver’s seat, Fair said.

Dowe was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon while committing a drug offense, Fair said. He was sent to the Atlantic County jail.

Norwood was charged with possession of CDS, Fair said. He was released on a summons with a future court date.

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