ATLANTIC CITY — Complaints from merchants led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of a handgun, police said Tuesday.

Officers Eric Evans and Kevin Perez were conducting surveillance Monday in the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue after complaints from merchants about possession and distribution of drugs in the area.

At 4:42 p.m., the officers saw two men engage in a narcotics transaction in the entranceway of a convenience store on the block. After exchanging the narcotics, the two separated, police said.

Police said officers stopped Alcides Montalvo Jr., 41, of Atlantic City, who was in possession of marijuana. The other man, Jerick Henry, 24, of Absecon, was located in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue.

Henry was in possession of a handgun with a defaced serial number, marijuana and hydrocodone, police said.

He was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon while committing a controlled dangerous substance offense, possession of a defaced firearm, certain person not to possess a weapon and hindering apprehension. He was sent to Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing.

Montalvo was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was released on a summons with a future court date, police said.

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