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Busted Drug Dealer Planned to Sell in School Zone: Police

Riverton Police say the man—who was wanted in Camden—also had a loaded handgun tucked into his pants.

Riverton Police arrested in December an Ohio man who allegedly had a handgun and drugs on him. Credit: Provided
Riverton Police arrested in December an Ohio man who allegedly had a handgun and drugs on him. Credit: Provided

Riverton Police busted an alleged drug dealer last month after he hopped off the River Line with a handgun tucked into his pants and hundreds of baggies of cocaine he planned to sell in a school zone, according to a report.

Police stopped a car the morning of Dec. 13 in the area of Broad Street and Lippincott Avenue after determining the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended. In addition, police said, the passenger—identified as Martin Muniz, of Cleveland, OH—had just jaywalked to the car after getting off the River Line.

Upon further investigation, police discovered Muniz had outstanding warrants out of Camden. While being taken into custody, Muniz told the officers he had a gun in his waistband, police reported. Officers secured the weapon—a Hi-Point 9mm handgun with five rounds in the clip—and also discovered 264 baggies of cocaine in a sandwich bag tucked inside Muniz’s sock, as well as $800 cash.

Muniz was taken into custody and charged with possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm during the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a defaced firearm, person unauthorized to have a firearm, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in a school zone.

Bail was set at $100,000 full, with no 10 percent option, and Muniz was transported to Burlington County Jail.

Information provided by Riverton Police. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
lawrence e rooney January 13, 2014 at 06:24 AM
he was charged with intent to distribute and he happened to be stopped in a school zone. the headline makes it sound like he was trying to sell cocaine to school children. sensationalism.
Julie January 13, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I read the headline and the article as stating that he was going to sell in a school zone, not that he was going to specifically sell to school children. It just shows how each of us can read the same information and interpret it differently. Fortunately, the police got this guy off the streets, for now.
Edgar C Wilburn III January 13, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Riverton School is about 1,000 feet from the train station. As soon as he stepped on the platform, he was in the school zone. Do you really think he would NOT sell to anyone under 18?
Barb Rivera January 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM
I really don't care who he was intending to sell drugs to! What's important is that area officers caught him before he was able to do harm to many families. Thank you Riverton Police
lawrence e rooney January 15, 2014 at 06:29 AM
cocaine is less addictive than alcohol or nicotine. there is no distinction between drugs and medicine. all drugs deemed illegal have medicinal properties and were once widely sold throughout the US as late as 100 years ago. the real culprit here is the war on drugs and interestingly enough all the drug laws have roots in bigotry. Cannabis-against mexicans. the word marihuana was coined to scare the white public Cocaine- against blacks in the south Opium- against asians LSD/psychedelics- against hippies
JustALocalGuy January 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Knock it off with your silly facts and truth, Lawrence. Nobody here wants to hear that. They just want to cheerlead for the police and their endless "war on drugs" which really is just a war on poor minorities and a war on liberty in general.

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