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Man arrested during early morning hours on May 15


Man arrested during early morning hours on May 15. (THG/Kristin Guglietti. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

HAMMONTON—At 12:34 a.m. on May 15 at the intersection of S. Washington and Line Streets, a motor vehicle stop turned into a controlled dangerous substance (cds) arrest, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


Officer John Amendolia III stopped a vehicle that was found to have a suspended registration and was uninsured, Friel said.


Antonio Quintero, 37, of Hammonton was also found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license and found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe with burnt residue believed to be crack cocaine, Friel said.


Quintero was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with possession of cds paraphernalia and the following motor vehicle citations: unlicensed driver and driving while suspended, Friel said. The owner of the vehicle, Ahmad Abuhammad, 30, of Plainfield was charged with the suspended registration and uninsured vehicle, Friel said.


Quintero was released pending a court date in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


In other police news, a man was arrested at 1:46 p.m. on May 16 on the 100 block of French Street after police were called, Friel said.


“There was a call of a suspicious person. We received a call that there was a subject behind a white trailer,” Friel said.


Officers Dalton Scola and K-9 Cpl. Robert Zbikowski responded and came upon Danisel Contes, 44, of Hammonton who was found behind the trailer, Friel said.


“He was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Paterson,” Friel said.


Scola was the arresting officer, Friel said.


Also, police made two separate and unrelated warrant arrests last week, Friel said.


• On May 22 at 10:03 p.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and Egg Harbor Road, a motor vehicle stop led to a warrant arrest, Friel said.


Friel said Officer Travis Hoffman observed a vehicle turn without giving a proper signal.


Michael Blough, 42, of Winslow Twp., was the driver of the vehicle, Friel said. He was found to have an active warrant from Washington Twp. in the amount of $600, Friel said.


Blough was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed and released pending a new court date in Washington Twp., Friel said. Blough received two motor vehicle citations for failing to give a proper signal and for driving while suspended and is awaiting a court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Hoffman was the arresting and charging offer, Friel said.


•Also on May 22 at 11:10 p.m., a suspicious vehicle call became a warrant arrest on the 500 block of Bellevue Avenue, Friel said.


Officer Dalton Scola and K-9 Cpl. Robert Zbikowski responded and made contact with Nicholas Lawson, 27, of Williamstown, Friel said.


He was found to have an outstanding warrant for $1,500 from Egg Harbor Twp., Friel said.


Friel said Lawson was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed and released pending a court date in Egg Harbor Twp.


Scola was the arresting officer, Friel said.