MAURICE RIVER TWP. -- More than 100 law enforcement officers conducted a pre-dawn raid at a residence on Route 49 Thursday that uncovered $135,000 worth of crack cocaine, cocaine and morphine pills, county Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella revealed Friday.
The raid followed several months of investigation by county, state and federal agencies that led to the arrest of four Maurice River Township residents, including a corrections officer from Bayside's Ancora Unit, who were arraigned in Superior Court Thursday afternoon.
A bunker approximately 11 feet underground, with dimensions of approximately 10 feet by 14 feet, was also discovered, and it appeared as though the bunker was utilized for the manufacturing and storage of crack cocaine, firearms and ammunition, according to a press release issued by Casella.
Two drug presses utilized to manufacture cocaine, four weapons, more than 15,000 rounds of assorted caliber ammunition, drug paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of money was also found.
Casella said Bruce G. Low Jr., 27, Bruce G. Low Sr., 49, corrections officer Terri A. Low, 49, and Saibrina Melendez, 25, showed no resistance during the raid Thursday morning, although Low Sr. had a fully loaded 357 Smith & Wesson handgun on his bed stand when police entered his residence.
In addition to various drug charges, weapons offenses and child endangerment charges that have been brought against the group, additional charges are also pending in reference to a number of animals that were found on the property during the raid.
Thirty-eight pit bulls used for fighting were seized by the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with an alligator and a parakeet.
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