ATLANTIC CITY — A former city police detective already convicted for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring was one of two men arrested and charged last week with more than 5,000 of packages of heroin, police said.

Michael Stewart, 58, of Atlantic City, was indicted in 1989 for his involvement with a cocaine distribution ring. 

Ten years later, Stewart was charged with drug possession and sentenced to three years in prison and court-ordered drug rehabilitation, according to archives.

Stewart, who appeared in court Thursday, was charged Dec. 22 after a concerned citizen tipped off police to a drug sale on Baltic Avenue.

The six-year veteran of the Police Department was suspended without pay and ordered to resign after pleading guilty to official misconduct, according to Press archives.

Officers stopped a vehicle on Dec. 22 and found Stewart in possession of 350 bags of heroin, police said.

The passenger, Peter Whitted, 46, of Atlantic City, was in possession of 550 bags of heroin, and a search of the vehicle found an additional 87 bricks of heroin, which is equivalent to 50 bags per brick, police said.

Both men were charged with drug possession and intent to distribute and taken to the Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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