ATLANTIC CITY — The owners of a Route 40 motel where an alligator was found after a drug raid, and which was the site of a suspicious fire last weekend, faces deadlines to fix the property or see it torn down, city officials said.
City officials said the Bayview Inn & Suites has been deemed unsafe and has structure issues that must be addressed. The owners have until Monday to address the problems.
On Aug. 15, authorities found a 3-foot-long alligator swimming in the pool at the motel after an early morning drug bust by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Several people were arrested, and drugs, weapons and other animals were recovered. Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office, along with local law enforcement, searched the 80 rooms of the Albany Avenue motel, Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement.
During the raid authorities arrested Jamal Campos, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, and charged him 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 during the search, and seven people were arrested on unrelated warrants.
On Saturday, the city’s Fire Department responded a fire at the motel that Fire Chief Scott Evans deemed suspicious.
While most of the fire was contained to one unit, it was fully involved and extended to the second-floor units and the units on either side of it. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes.
Following the fire, residents were relocated.