Camden police arrest armed man after alleged PCP sale

Posted: January 07, 2014

CAMDEN - An armed man selling PCP, or phencyclidine, was arrested by Camden County police on routine patrol Friday night in the city's Gateway neighborhood who witnessed a transaction, police said.

PCP, also known as "wet" or "angel dust," has a hallucinogenic effect and has been associated with violent acts.

Fernando Perez, 28, of Camden, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, certain persons not to have weapons, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park. The certain persons charge was based on an earlier conviction of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, police said.

Perez was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $720,000 cash or bond.

As is routine for anyone charged with drug distribution, Perez also was served with a drug-offender restraining order, prohibiting him from returning to the area where he was arrested.

According to police, Detectives Paul Sandrock and Michael Ross were on patrol around Eighth and Line Streets just after 9:40 p.m. Friday when, they say, they saw two men approach a car parked in a vacant lot and engage in a drug transaction with the occupant of the vehicle.

The detectives approached on foot and saw Perez trying to put something into the glove box. Perez then got out of the car, and the detectives saw a handgun protruding from the open glove box, they said.

Perez was arrested and found to be in possession of a .38-caliber revolver loaded with three rounds, several jars of PCP, and $270 in cash.

"Our officers proactively removing a repeatedly armed and dangerous drug dealer while seizing this particular substance has a positive impact for Camden and the neighboring communities as we have experienced extreme acts of violence by people under the influence of PCP, or 'wet,' " Chief J. Scott Thomson said.

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