Day: December 2, 2020

Hamilton Township Man Charged With Possessing Large Quantity Of Heroin With Intent To Distribute

December 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Mercer County, New Jersey, man is expected to make his initial appearance today after being charged with possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Daevon Bell, 26, of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He was arrested by special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Dec. 1, 2020, and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

A law enforcement investigation revealed that Bell was engaged in the distribution of heroin in Trenton and the surrounding area. Based on information received from a reliable source, law enforcement officials determined that Bell was in possession of a large quantity of heroin on Dec. 1, 2020. Law enforcement officials followed Bell in his vehicle from Trenton to Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Bell drove to an apartment complex, retrieved a bag from the trunk of his vehicle and entered an apartment. Shortly thereafter, Bell exited the apartment holding a bag and returned to his vehicle. Law enforcement agents approached Bell, who then attempted to flee in his vehicle, striking a DEA agent and striking another occupied law enforcement vehicle. Bell discarded the bag from the vehicle, and then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase into New Jersey, and was apprehended in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Law enforcement recovered approximately 150 bricks of suspected heroin from the bag that Bell had discarded from the vehicle.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Newark, and the Philadelphia Division under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan A. Wilson, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the Buck’s County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri, for their assistance.

The case was investigated as part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) in Mercer County, New Jersey. The VCI was formed in August 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Trenton Police Department for the purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Trenton. As part of this partnership, federal, state, and local agencies collaborate and pool resources to prosecute violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is composed of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the ATF, the DEA, the Trenton Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center/Real Time Crime Center, N.J.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Defense counsel: Brian P. Reilly Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here: Mercer County Sherriff’s Office SWAT Team Helps DEA On Hoffman Ave.

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Col. Callahan Announces Passing Of Recruit Homeijer Who Suffered Injury During Police Training

December 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–West Trenton, N.J. – It is with great sadness that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announces that Recruit Lucas C. Homeijer, 27, of Boonton, N.J. passed away yesterday after sustaining an injury during training at the New State Police academy. On Wednesday, November 25, Recruit Homeijer, who was a member of the 161st New Jersey State Police Academy Class, was engaged in an active countermeasures/boxing bout with a fellow classmate at the State Police academy in Sea Girt Borough, Monmouth County. During the bout, he lost consciousness. Academy staff immediately stopped the exercise, rendered first aid, and contacted emergency medical services to respond. Recruit Homeijer was transported to a local area hospital where he received treatment for several days before succumbing to his injuries. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under review, and no further information is being provided at this time.