By: Najla Alexander
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Police confiscated drugs and a gun and arrested several suspects after officers conducted a raid led by an Enforcement Task Force in Mercer County.
A three-month investigation into narcotics distribution in the Trenton area has culminated with three arrests and the seizure of $30,000 in cocaine, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
According to authorities, at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Hamilton Police Division executed search warrants at multiple locations in Trenton.
Officials say, Mr. Jason Wilkins, 51, was detained in the kitchen of 90 Bellevue Avenue, and a search of the residence revealed 300 grams of powder cocaine and a scale.
During a search warrant execution at 739 Roebling Avenue, officials said detectives located a Smith & Wesson Model MP .40 caliber handgun with seven hollow-point ammunition.
Authorities say that Wilkin’s brother, Roland Wilkins, 52, and Mary Bailey, 71, were detained at the residence.
Wilkins was charged with first-degree narcotics and weapons offenses and transported to the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.
Officials said that Roland Wilkins was charged with weapons offenses and transported to the MCCC.
According to officials, police charged Bailey with possessing drug paraphernalia and released him pending a future court proceeding.
According to Prosecutor Onofri, the street value of the confiscated cocaine is approximately $30,200.
Despite being charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.