• Gabriel Donio

Police make drug arrests

Two separate arrests uptown, downtown


Two separate suspicious person arrests were made locally, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said. (THG/Kristin Guglietti)

HAMMONTON—Two separate suspicious person arrests were made locally, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


• On December 8 at 11:08 p.m., a suspicious person arrest was made near the entrance to the offices of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce in the Historic Hammonton Train Station, located on the prime block of S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


“Officer Dalton Verderame while on patrol located two subjects sitting on the side of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce offices in the Historic Hammonton Train Station,” Friel said.


One subject was Destiny Fatcher, 23, of Buena, who was found to have an active warrant from Camden, Friel said.


Verderame found multiple wax folds containing a white powdery substance believed to be heroin while searching Fatcher prior to her arrest, Friel said.


Fatcher was transported to police headquarters, processed and charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance heroin and released pending a court appearance at Atlantic County Superior Court, Friel said. Friel added that she was released with a new court date for the warrant from Camden.


Verderame was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


• On December 12 at 5:23 a.m., a suspicious person was seen in the prime block of N. White Horse Pike (Route 30), Friel said.


Officer Dalton Scola observed a subject standing in the parking lot and recognized the subject as Christian Rueda, 22, of Hammonton, who was known to have an active NCIC warrant, Friel said.


Scola made contact with Rueda, advising him of the active warrant and placing him under arrest, Friel said.


Upon searching Rueda and incident to the arrest, he was found to be in possession of one hypodermic syringe and one plastic bag containing a crystallite substance containing methamphetamine, Friel said.


He was transported to police headquarters for processing, where he was additionally charged with the possession of the hypodermic needle and possession of the controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine, Friel said, adding that Rueda was transported to the Atlantic County Jail on the NCIC warrant.


Scola was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.