According to officials, on September 8, 2022, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Jason Cintron, 38, of Hammonton, and Jovani Rodriguez, 39, of Galloway as a result of a narcotics investigation in June 2022.
Jason Cintron was indicted on the following charges:
• Possession with the Intent to Distribute Five Ounces or More of Methamphetamine (First-degree)
• Possession with the Intent to Distribute more than One-Half Ounce of Methamphetamine (Second-degree)
• Possession with Intent to Distribute more than One-Half Ounce of Heroin/Fentanyl (Second Degree)
• Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine (Third-degree)
• Possession of Heroin/ Fentanyl (Third-degree)
• Money Laundering (Third-degree)
• Possession of Hollow Point Bullets (Fourth-degree)
Jovani Rodriguez was indicted on the following:
• Possession with the Intent to Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine (Third-degree) • Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin/Fentanyl (Third Degree) • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Third-degree) • Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine (Third Degree) • Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl (Third-degree) • Possession of Cocaine (Third-degree) • Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Third-degree) • Obstruction (Fourth-degree) • Resisting Arrest (Fourth-degree) Jason Cintron, was the target of a lengthy narcotics investigation initiated by the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA Task Force.
On June 16, 2022, search warrants were approved for Cintron’s residence at 52 Jamestown Blvd., Hammonton, his storage unit at Perfect Self Storage Unit located in Egg Harbor City, and the vehicle operated by the defendant, a Ford F-150.
Prior to executing the search warrants, detectives were conducting surveillance on the defendant in Egg Harbor City, NJ.
At approximately 12:00 p.m., detectives observed Cintron park his vehicle, a 2014 Ford F-150 on Philadelphia Avenue.
An individual, later identified as Jovani Rodriguez, walked up to the passenger side of Cintron’s vehicle and opened the front passenger door and conversed with Cintron.
Believing they were observing a possible narcotics transaction, the HIDTA Task Force and ACPO Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics detectives approached Cintron and Rodriguez and verbally identified themselves as police officers. Before detectives could arrest Rodriguez, he fled which eventually resulted in Rodriguez getting into a struggle with a detective.
That detective subsequently sustained injuries as a result of the struggle. Recovered from the person of Rodriguez in Egg Harbor City was crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and heroin/fentanyl.
A search of Cintron’s vehicle revealed approximately over one-half ounce of heroin/fentanyl, over one-half ounce of crystal methamphetamine, and $459.00 in US currency.
The packaging of the heroin recovered in Cintron’s vehicle was consistent with the heroin that was recovered on Rodriguez.
A search warrant was then executed at Cintron’s residence, 52 Jamestown Blvd., Hammonton, NJ. A bag containing approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine was recovered as well as a handgun magazine loaded with hollow point bullets.
A search warrant at Perfect Self Storage in Egg Harbor City, NJ was then executed and detectives recovered a 2020 Can Am Spyder F3L registered to Jason Cintron.
Detectives seized this vehicle believing that it was purchased with proceeds from narcotics transactions.
This investigation was led by the Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA Task Force with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, & Narcotics Unit, and Hammonton Police Department.
Assistant Prosecutor Deirdre Laws represents the State in the matter. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or anonymously at the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/forms/tips-crime-reporting/. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609- 652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.