Martinez and Cortes

Steven Martinez, left, and Joshua Cortes were charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses after police found heroin, cocaine, weapons and more.

MAYS LANDING — Two Egg Harbor City men were charged with drug and weapons offenses after a search turned up more than 6,750 bags of heroin, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.

The prosecutor’s Gangs, Guns and Narcotics task force executed several search warrants Wednesday and Thursday in connection with a long-term investigation.

Authorities found the aforementioned bags of heroin as well as 3 ounces of unpackaged heroin, about 25 pounds of marijuana, one ounce of cocaine, a handgun, $52,000 in cash, multiple high-capacity magazines and hollow-point ammunition, the Prosecutor’s Office said.

Steven Martinez, 30, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin; operating a drug-production facility; possession of a weapon by a prohibited person; unlawful possession of a weapon; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance; money laundering; endangering the welfare of a child; maintaining a fortified structure for the manufacturing, distribution or possession of drugs; possession of heroin; and possession of marijuana.

Joshua Cortes, 25, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute drugs and possession of marijuana.

The Mullica Township, Egg Harbor City and Pleasantville police departments and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

A detention hearing for Martinez and Cortes is scheduled for May 16.

Contact: 609-272-7260 Twitter @ACPressColtShaw

Staff Writer

I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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